Press Release – Wellington Zoo
Another rowi kiwi has died at Wellington Zoo from a respiratory tract infection.
The young bird was one of nine rowi sent to The Nest Te Kōhanga by the Department of Conservation (DOC) in August for investigation of dermatitis. While at the Zoo, these young kiwi contracted a respiratory infection. Eight of the birds died from the infection last month.
Wellington Zoo Veterinary Science Manager Lisa Argilla said the Zoo is deeply saddened by the deaths.
“This ninth little rowi was hanging in there – he was a real fighter, this bird. However he was in critical condition,” said Lisa Argilla.
“We kept him as comfortable as possible while he was struggling with the infection in his lungs, but sadly he didn’t make it.”
Dr Argilla has advised that a post-mortem was conducted which showed signs consistent with a respiratory tract infection. Wellington Zoo and DOC are working together to share the learning from this case with other care providers.