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Awesome stuffA sight like this makes all the hard mahi worth it. The first pateke ducklings for the season have been spotted!

There's a lot that goes into managing the highly vulnerable population of pāteke. Keepers at captive care facilities breed and hatch young ducklings, who transition through The Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust, who then are transported courtesy of Air New Zealand to reintroduction sites such as Rotokare. All facilitated by the Brown Teal Recovery Program and the Department of Conservation

Here, the work never ends! Ongoing maintenance, monitoring, trapping, tracking continues day after day to maintain the integrity and safety of the sanctuary for special species, like the pāteke, to live a natural life safe from introduced mammals.

Seeing these little darling ducklings dabbling around the sanctuary is an encouraging sign that the pāteke population is thriving here.
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Great to see some more ducklings hatched. ... See MoreSee Less

We normally parent rear all ducklings destined for release back into the wild, but occasionally unexpected things happen, like in this instance when their nest was about to be flooded so the eggs saved and the ducklings are doing well. ... See MoreSee Less

We normally parent rear all ducklings destined for release back into the wild, but occasionally unexpected things happen, like in this instance when their nest was about to be flooded so the eggs saved and the ducklings are doing well.Image attachmentImage attachment

A great family picture 🙂Our first clutch of pāteke/brown teal have hatched overnight! Mum is shepherding her ducklings under the cover of the grasses and Dad is standing guard watching over them. These pāteke ducklings will be released to predator controlled areas once they have fledged and spent time at Isaacs Conservation Trust in Christchurch.

Photo credit Tamāhine Taiepa
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A great family picture :)
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