About Takahē Recovery

For more than 60 years attempts to save takahē have pioneered conservation techniques for protected species in New Zealand and in the world.

The Takahē Recovery Programme involves a network of people throughout New Zealand, working together to ensure the takahē is never again ‘considered extinct’. Our work includes an extensive programme of captive breeding, genetic management, research, monitoring, wild releases and island translocations, and stoat and deer control.

Today the work of a small dedicated team of Department of Conservation  (DOC) takahē rangers is supported and enhanced by Iwi, scientists, volunteers and the public and private organisations that provide homes and care for our breeding takahē and those birds now retired from the breeding programme.


Our Vision & Goals

Takahē Recovery Programme Vision

Takahē thrive at numerous sites across their historic range. They are recognised as national treasures, valued by New Zealanders and consequently no longer at risk of extinction.

A Plan for the Future – Our Goals

The conservation of takahē is currently guided by four Takahē Recovery Programme goals to be achieved by 2026:

  • Takahē are no longer critically endangered;
  • To manage for 125 breeding aged pairs at secure sites;
  • To maintain the Murchison Mountains and establish at least one new recovery site; and
  • The value of takahē as a taonga (treasure) and a conservation icon is recognised and their story is widely known and understood.  This recognition contributes to a successful and sustainable Takahē Recovery Programme.


How the Takahē Recovery Programme Works

The last few years has seen a dramatic change in the Takahē Recovery Programme.   Here’s how Takahē Recovery works today;

Takahē in the Wild (at Recovery Sites)

We’re working to control introduced threats to takahē so they continue to exist in their natural tussock grasslands home


Burwood Takahē Centre

We have a productive captive breeding programme, which the Burwood Takahē Centre is the main hub.


Takahē at Secure Sites

We’re working together to build and manage a large safe breeding population of takahē


Takahē at Display Sites

We’re providing opportunities for New Zealanders to meet these awesome birds


Takahē Research

We’re researching ideas and techniques that might help ensure a brighter future for the takahē




to help save takahē

all proceeds go directly to takahē recovery

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