Nationally Endangered: NZ Threat Classification System List (4).
Vulnerable: IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (5).
Wild population estimates are only between 1000-5000 individuals, but habitat inaccessibility makes accurate assessments difficult. Some estimates indicate the population may be much smaller. Their numbers are believed to be declining for reasons including habitat loss, poisoning, persecution, predation and competition with invasive species (5).
According to the International Species Information System (ISIS), the number of kea currently being cared for in member institutions is quite low. Unfortunately, the rarity of kea in captivity, as well as in the wild, contributes to their very high value on the black market.
|Photo by Dave Jenike at the Cincinnati Zoo|
|Photo by Jackie Bray|
Kea are strong flyers, but spend a significant amount of time foraging on the ground. They play a role in local ecology by contributing to seed dispersal of alpine plants and to the cleanup of carrion (7). Their charismatic behavior has made them a popular tourist attraction, a fact that may contribute to their survival (2).
Link to NZ OnScreen documentary on kea.
Link to ARKive Visual Library of Kea.
ARKive - Kea videos, photos and facts - Nestor notabilis
Predation of Kea Chicks in the Nest
Researcher Brent Barrett confirms stoat and possum predation of kea chicks in the nest. The New Zealand Department of Conservation is working with researchers to find solutions to this problem. The discovery was made possible through the use of video surveillance cameras at nest sites.
For additional information, visit Brent Barrett's blog at: http://www.parrots.org/index.php/blog_barrett/
Use of 1080 Poison to Control Invasive Species
Josh Kemp from the New Zealand Department of Conservation describes the use of aerial 1080 poison to help control invasive species. Researchers continue to investigate methods of deployment that provide the least risk and most benefit to native species, including kea.
For more information, visit the NZ DoC website at:
Spring 2012-Leadership in Science Inquiry:
Co-facilitating the Biology in the Age of Technology course.
Fall 2011-Conservation Science and Community:
Community Conservation Values Measurement.
Using Mapping Technology to Communicate Conservation Messages.
Kea Encounter during the Cincinnati Zoo's Festival of Lights.
Summer 2011-Cincinnati Zoo Bird Show Internship:
Conservation Advocacy, Operant Conditioning and Show Presentation.
Summer 2011-Master Plan in Action:
Cincinnati Zoo Internal Conservation Grant Proposal (Accepted).
Kea Enrichment Puzzle Project (in cooperation with local school districts).
Spring 2011-Biology in the Age of Technology:
Dr. Zoolittle's Spring Break Camp-Kea Training Seminar.
CITI Human Research Certification.