New Zealand Embassy Berlin, Germany

Kiwi chick born at Frankfurt Zoo

Little Kiwi Manu

On the 3rd of April Kiwi chick Manu saw the light of day at Frankfurt Zoo. Now, a few weeks later, the lively brown bird is exploring its enclosure in the breeding house. Manu is a North Island Brown Kiwi, an endangered species listed on the IUCN Red List.

When presenting the new chick, Professor Manfred Niekisch, Director of Frankfurt Zoo, commented that they are particularly proud of the fact that with the hatch of the 31st Frankfurt-born Kiwi they have again contributed to the preservation of this extraordinary species.

The only natural habitat of the North Island Brown Kiwi is New Zealand's North Island. Only a few Kiwis exist elsewhere, in North America and Europe. For a long time Frankfurt Zoo was the only institution outside of New Zealand breeding Kiwis. "All Kiwis in Europe are relatives of the Kiwis in Frankfurt or are descended from them", Professor Niekisch explained. 

Kiwis are also now being bred at Berlin Zoo.

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