Conservation Translocation Services

Extensive planning, consultation and documentation is required prior to conducting a translocation.

We can lead this process through well-established working relationships with the New Zealand Department of Conservation, local councils, research institutions, Iwi and community conservation groups.

The genetic and health status of both source and release populations are critical aspects of a successful translocation. Kevin has extensive experience planning and conducting appropriate disease screening protocols for translocations along with modeling the likelihood of retaining genetic diversity following establishment.

Kevin has planned and implemented translocations from a variety of islands and mainland sites ranging from easy access through to remote and challenging with small (2-3 people) and large (10-20 people) teams. He is also able to manage large (120-200 individuals), multi-species and multi-source translocations. Graham has also assisted in a number of translocations.  

We work with an extensive pool of experienced colleagues and volunteers who help with translocations but we also make a point of including people who are inexperienced but keen and eager to learn, particularly those either involved in community conservation groups or early career conservation workers. We can also plan and conduct post-release monitoring for a variety of sites and species.


Conservation translocations 1999-2016. Our involvement has ranged from volunteer catch team members through to translocation planner and leader.

Year

Species

Source population

Release site

1999

North Island robins (Petroica longipes)

Tiritiri Matangi

Wenderholm Regional Park

2001

North Island fernbirds (Bowdleria punctata vealaea

Orewa

Tiritiri Matangi

2002

North Island fernbirds

Orewa

Tiritiri Matangi

2002

North Island robins

Pureora

Hunua Ranges Regional Park

2002

North Island saddlebacks (Philesturnus rufusater)

Tiritiri Matangi

Karori Wildlife Sanctuary

2003

Whiteheads (Mohoua albicilla)

Tiritiri Matangi

Hunua Ranges Regional Park

2004

North Island robins

Tiritiri Matangi

Great Barrier Island

2004

North Island tomtits (Petroica macrocephala toitoi)

Hunua Ranges Regional Park

Tiritiri Matangi

2004

Whiteheads

Tiritiri Matangi

Waitakere Ranges Regional Park

2005

North Island robins

Tiritiri Matangi

Great Barrier Island

2005

Hihi

Tiritiri Matangi

Karori Wildlife Sanctuary

2005

North Island saddlebacks

Tiritiri Matangi

Motuihe Island

2007

North Island robins

Tiritiri Matangi

Tawharanui Regional Park

2007

Whiteheads

Tiritiri Matangi

Tawharanui Regional Park

2007

Hihi (Notiomystis cincta)

Tiritiri Matangi

Waitakere Ranges Regional Park

2008

Whiteheads

Tiritiri Matangi

Motuora Island and Waitakere Ranges Regional Park

2009

Hihi

Tiritiri Matangi

Maungatautari

2009

Hihi

Little Barrier Island

Maungatautari

2009

Whiteheads

Little Barrier Island

Maungatautari

2009

North Island Robins

Mokoia Island

Great Barrier

2010

Hihi

Tiritiri Matangi

Maungatautari, Karori Wildlife Sanctuary and Kapiti

2010

Hihi

Little Barrier Island

Tiritiri Matangi

2010

Bellbirds (Anthornis melanura)

Tiritiri Matangi and Tawharanui Regional Park

Waiheke Island, Motuihe Island and Hamilton City

2011

Hihi

Tiritiri Matangi

Maungatautari

2011

North Island Robins

Pureora

Maungatautari

2011

North Island saddlebacks

Tiritiri Matangi

Rangitoto and Motutapu Islands

2012

North Island saddlebacks

Lady Alice Island

Tawharanui

2012

North Island saddlebacks

Red Mercury Island

Tawharanui

2012

North Island saddlebacks

Mokoia Island

Tawharanui

2012

North Island saddlebacks

Little Barrier Island

Rangitoto and Motutapu Islands

2012

Whiteheads

Little Barrier Island

Rangitoto, Motutapu and Motuihe Islands

2013

Hihi

Tiritiri Matangi

Bushy Park

2013

Whiteheads

Tiritiri Matangi

Waitakere Ranges Regional Park

2013

North Island saddlebacks

Tiritiri Matangi

Maungatautari

2014

Whiteheads

Tiritiri Matangi

Waitakere Ranges Regional Park

2014

Whiteheads

Little Barrier Island

Rotokare Scenic Reserve and Rotoroa Island

2014

North Island saddlebacks

Little Barrier Island

Rotokare Scenic Reserve and Rotoroa Island

2014

North Island saddlebacks

Bushy Park

Rotokare Scenic Reserve

2014

North Island Robins

Pureora

Moturua Island

2015

North Island saddlebacks

 

Lady Alice Island

Urupukapuka and Moturua Island

2015

Whiteheads

Tiritiri Matangi

Waitakere Ranges Regional Park

2015

North Island saddlebacks

Tiritiri Matangi

Urupukapuka and Moturua Island

2015

Whiteheads

Tiritiri Matangi

Motuarohia Island

2015

Whiteheads

Tiritiri Matangi

Shakespear Regional Park

2015

Whiteheads

Tawharanui Regional Park

Shakespear Regional Park

2015

North Island kokako (Callaeas wilsoni)

Mangatutu

Hunua Ranges Regional Park, Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, Maungatautari

2016

North Island Robins

Mangatutu

Shakespear Regional Park and Bream Head Scenic Reserve

2016

Whiteheads

Tiritiri Matangi

Urupukapuka and Moturua Island

2016

Whiteheads

Tiritiri Matangi

Waitakere Ranges Regional Park

2016

North Island robins

Tiritiri Matangi

Shakespear Regional Park and Bream Head Scenic Reserve

2016

North Island robins

Pureora

Urupukapuka Island