“Rock Wrens” – a species makes comeback from extinction through Conservation Project
New Zealand’s Department of Conservation (DOC) project yielded positive result as Rock Wrens, one of the oldest as well as the most distinct songbird species retuned from extinction. The relocation project of DOC involved relocation of 41 tiny alpine Rock Wrens from around Fiordland in the far southwest of New Zealand’s South Island to Secretary Island from 2008 to 2011. Now, the number of Rock Wrens has increased to 66.
It is the only true alpine bird in New Zealand and one of the most ancient bird species in the world which evolved from a species present more than 80 million years ago. The Rock Wren and the Rifleman are the only two wren species surviving today.