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May 13, 2017

Native of southern New Zealand...

Photo: Hannah Peters / Getty Images
Seen above is a rare Little Spotted Kiwi (Apteryx owenii), one of 20 released to augment populations at the Shakespear Open Sanctuary in Aukland, New Zealand.   Prior to 2008, this bird was identified by the IUCN Red List as 'Vulnerable', but now has been rated as 'Near Threatened', owing to the success of intensive conservation intervention which established populations in which numbers continue to increase or are stable.
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