We're pleased to say that our kākāpō patient Vori has returned to her sanctuary island home. As part of the transmitter changes for kākāpō that are carried out each year, Vori was noted by the Kākāpō Recovery rangers to have a moderate case of cloacitis – a inflammation of the cloaca which causes painful scabbing. While mild cases can be monitored on the island, the more severe cases are sent to our Vet Hospital for treatment.
So far this year, our vet team have treated seven kākāpō for this condition, including the three patients we’re continuing care for, Bunker, Bravo and Huarangi. Our Auckland Zoo vet team continue to work with Kākāpō Recovery and multiple other researchers to understand the possible causes of this debilitating disease, with the ultimate goal of hopefully discovering an effective prevention. In the meantime, we at least understand how to cure the affected birds, and this is all part of the ongoing veterinary support we provide to our conservation partners.