Takahe population growing at alarming rate

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The New Zealand Takahe population is growing at alarming rate and experts are excited.
The number of breeding pairs topping 100 for the first time since conservation efforts began more than 70 years ago.
Department of Conservation senior takahē ranger Glen Greaves said the number had more than doubled in just a decade.
The official takahē population now stands at 347 birds, up 13 percent in the last year – the highest growth rate on record.
The Takahē Recovery Programme team was “thrilled” with the results.
The species has recently moved two steps away from extinction, according to the New Zealand Threat Classification System.
Mr Greaves said new sanctuary sites to house the takahē had doubled in the past 10 years.

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