Pateke on Rotoroa.

  PICTURED: Pateke on Rotoroa.  

Pateke spread

By . Image credit Auckland Zoo. 2015 decemeber

Three breeding pairs of pateke are the latest native species to be re-introduced to Rotoroa Island.

In September the rare native duck joined saddleback, whitehead, kiwi, moko, shore skinks and takahe on the island, through a partnership between Auckland Zoo and the Rotoroa Island Trust.

The project plans to introduce up to 20 species by 2018, providing hands-on education and conservation training “to foster future conservationists.”

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