Quacking good news

New Zealand is the only place in the world where you can find a whio - blue duck.

What makes the whio (pronounced ‘fee-or’) so special? This unlikely duck has been around for tens of millions of years!
Most other species have only clocked a million.

The Department of Conservation (DOC) has some good news to share in the world of ducks. This threatened species’ numbers are on the rise! DOC has reported a 151% increase in the number of whio/blue duck pairs across security sites (a place where bird population restoration is underway) since 2011.

Long live the whio!