Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot

by Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop

Kakapo parrots are big (up to nine pounds), flightless, whiskered, full of personality,... read more

Kakapo parrots are big (up to nine pounds), flightless, whiskered, full of personality, and almost—but not quite—extinct. Efforts to save this rare species are the subject of this fascinating—and occaasionally heartbreaking—account that showcases both success and failures of Kakapo conservation. Codifsh Island off the coast of New Zealand is a Kakapo sanctuary and breeding ground—the remote island is devoted to protecting and preserving the birds, and most of the 91 (by book’s end) surviving Kakapos in the world are found there. Sy Montgomery’s primary narrative enthusiastically documents the work of scientists, rangers, and the volunteers that are a huge part of the Kakapo rescue effort, while sidebars provide additional information about the birds, including how they came so close to extinction and early efforts to save them. Bishop’s alluring photos not only capture the absolute charm of the Kakapos but also the delight and commitment of those working to save them in another fine volume in the “Scientists in the Field” series. (Ages 10–14)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2011

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