For years takahē were thought to be extinct but were rediscovered in 1948, hidden deep in Fiordland's Murchison Mountains. Since then the Department of Conservation's (DOC) Takahē Recovery Programme has worked really hard to bring their population back from the brink, to just over 400 birds today.
We're lucky to have a pair of takahē at Auckland Zoo and just like their feathered friends the kākāpō, every individual is known by name. Female Whito takes her name from the te reo word for little and male Bligh is named after Bligh Sound in Fiordland, where the last stronghold of takahē were found.
Bligh and Whito share their High Country habitat with other native New Zealand species; the white-water-loving whio (blue duck), kākāriki karaka (orange-fronted parakeet) and korimako (bellbird) in our Aotearoa sanctuary Te Wao Nui.