Takahe Takahe - This giant, flightless moorhen once lived throughout the North and South Islands. Now fewer than 160 survive in the Murchison ranges in Fiordland today.

The reproductive rate of the takahe, once considered extinct until being rediscovered in 1948, is low and conservation of the species in the wild has become a major concern. Chick mortality is extremely high, although poor nutrition is probably the main cause as they compete with red deer for food.

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