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Saving the Orange-Fronted Parakeet | Kākāriki karaka
Kākāriki karaka. Craig McKenzie, National Geographic
The Orange-Fronted Parakeet | Kākāriki karaka is the rarest parakeet in New Zealand.
With only 200-400 left in the wild, located within the Arthur’s Pass National Park and Lake Sumner Forest Park. There are four known remaining populations all within a 30km radius of each other.
In 2018, Christchurch Helicopters partnered with the Department of Conservation (DOC) to help conserve these small birds. Their programme involves fundraising with local businesses to raise the funds for pest control, captive breeding and population monitoring as well as transporting DOC’s operations staff throughout the region using their fleet of helicopters.
Christchurch Helicopters is partnering with the New Zealand Nature Fund to ensure all funds raised are held in an independent charitable trust then directly applied to the conservation effort.