Allison Ballance | hardback | 320 pages | 2023
Takahē, is the inspiring story of the rediscovery and then recovery of the takahē, one of New Zealand’s most intriguing native birds. Once thought extinct, in 1948 Geoffrey Orbell found a small population living in a remote valley in the Murchison Mountains of Fiordland. Alison Ballance charts the history of the Takahē Recovery Programme and the struggle to get the population to grow. After many setbacks, they have in recent years managed to build up a healthy population, which will pass 500 birds in 2023. This beautiful illustrated book is full of fascinating stories about the biology and lifestyle of this delightful bird.