More than 100 reported sightings of the elusive South Island Kokako have given the Trust working to prove its existence hope that it is coming close.
The South Island Kokako Charitable Trust launched a search for the bird, once thought to be extinct, in January 2017, offering $10,000 to anyone who could provide credible evidence of the bird’s existence.
Potential sightings have been recorded from as nearby as Lake Hawea, although the Trust said that it was focusing its interest to the South of Reefton on the West Coast and the Granville Forest.
Trustee Ron Nilsson said, “We still need definitive evidence, a photo or video, but we really feel that we are getting closer with the help of so many people who are out walking, tramping or hunting and know what to look and listen for.
“We are very optimistic that proof will be found soon.”
Pictured: An image edited to depict the South Island Kokako. Photo: Tara Swan
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