This breeding season at Pukaha Mount Bruce has been fantastic for our Whio. 16 ducklings have hatched which is a wonderful result.
With an estimated 2,500 whio left in the wild, an additional 16 will make a welcome addition.
These ducklings are being raised for the first few weeks here at Pukaha and then will go to a special 'hardening unit' at Turangi.
Whio live on fast flowing rivers and unless the ducklings are taught to swim in fast water before they are released, they will have a difficult time acclimatising to life in the wild.