2002/03 breeding season: the first third-generation egg is laid. The chick’s grandfather was one of the original Operation Nest Egg chicks hatched at Auckland Zoo.
2007: Kiwi Encounter hatches its 500th chick, and Auckland Zoo its 150th.
2007: Great spotted kiwi come into the Operation Nest Egg programme. Little spotted kiwi are the only one of the five formally recognised kiwi species not involved.
2008: In February the 1000th Operation Nest Egg chick hatches at Kiwi Encounter, and is named Hūpai. Sadly, Hūpai died in her second year.
In Hawke’s Bay, the 100th eastern brown kiwi chick was hatched and released by the Environment, Conservation and Outdoor Education Trust.
A husbandry manual is being developed to help ensure Operation Nest Egg remains a useful tool. It will include:
- A national system for collecting and analysing data to allow comparisons to be made between species and techniques, and to identify best practices. These will become national standards for egg handling, incubation and chick rearing.
- Coordinating the activities of incubation and crèche facilities, sharing information, and identifing where new facilities may be needed.
- Comparing the costs and benefits of Operation Nest Egg with other kiwi conservation tools (such as large-scale predator control) so that the best tool is applied in each situation.