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Wuppertal Zoo Society - Nature conservation

Resettlement of zoo-bred Kagus in New Caledonia


A generous gift of two Kagus, found only in New Caledonia, was made by the Wuppertal Zoo Society on the occasion of their own 50th jubilee on 28 October 2005. These are a very rare flightless bird closely related to the Rails (a Wetland Bird) and Cranes.

The Kagus are nearly extinct with fewer than 500 pairs still alive in New Caledonia. Our Kagus came from the Walsrode Fonds bird park preservation programme which not only finances breeding Kagus in captivity, but also ensures that birds born in zoos are being reintroduced back to New Caledonia. The Wuppertal Zoo Society and the Zoo are participating jointly in this international preservation project.

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