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What Do Tigers and Kiwi Have in Common? The Answer Lies in Their Genes

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At first (and probably second) glance you wouldn’t think that tigers and kiwis have all that much in common. Bengal tigers (Panthera tigris tigris) live in India and the surrounding countries, where the predators can weigh more than 220 kilograms. Little spotted kiwi (Apteryx owenii) live exclusively in New Zealand, where the flightless birds weigh [...]

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Rarest Kiwi Species Takes Flight

Kiwis, under normal conditions, do not fly. But this week 20 young members of the rarest kiwi species were special guests on board a military helicopter, flying across the Tasman Sea on their way to their new habitat off the coast of New Zealand. Rowi (formerly known as Okarito brown kiwi, Apteryx rowi) are in [...]

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60 Rare Tuatara Reptiles Moved to Predator-Free New Zealand Island

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Rare reptiles known as tuatara (the last two species of the order Sphenodontia) survived the age of the dinosaurs, but the age of man has given them a bit more trouble. After living in New Zealand for millions of years, tuatara were completely wiped out on the country’s two main islands by invasive Polynesian rats [...]

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Rare All-White Kiwi Born in New Zealand Breeding Program

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This year has already been the most successful breeding season to date for endangered North Island brown kiwis (Apteryx mantelli) at New Zealand’s Pukaha Mount Bruce national wildlife center, and now the rangers who manage the program have an extra reason to celebrate: the May 1 birth of an extremely rare all-white kiwi. The bird, [...]

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Does the smelly kiwi need deodorant to protect it from predators?

Does the natural mushroom-like smell of the kiwi bird help to make it a tempting target for the predators that are eating it out of existence? One scientist thinks so, and he is proposing a deodorant of some kind to protect the birds from extinction. With all five kiwi species endangered, this is research that [...]

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Kiwi versus Stoat: National symbol of New Zealand endangered by voracious species

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New Zealanders love their kiwis. Not only does the flightless bird appear on New Zealand‘s currency, but New Zealanders identify themselves as "Kiwis." Which would make it even more painful if the country’s national symbol became extinct. That’s the danger these days as all five species of kiwi (from the genus Apteryx) are endangered, and [...]

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