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Our support made it possible to establish the Crombie Lockwood Kiwi Burrow, a dedicated kiwi incubation, hatching and brooding facility designed to help reverse the population decline and save kiwi from extinction.
Located within the grounds of Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary near Taupō, the Crombie Lockwood Kiwi Burrow opened in October 2019, and is equipped to rescue more than 200 eggs each hatching season.
Since the Crombie Lockwood Kiwi Burrow has been in operation. more than 160 kiwi chicks have been hatched and 128 kiwi released* into predator-free habitats where they’re able to live with minimal risk and have the best chance to thrive. (*Totals updated 31 October 2021.) Kiwi hatched at the Burrow are released into new predator-free habitats, where they’re able to live with minimal risk and have the best chance to thrive.
2019 - The Crombie Lockwood Kiwi Burrow opened in October and the first kiwi eggs were collected. In November the very first chick “Fenwick” hatched, named for the Kiwi charity's chairman and environmentalist Sir Rob Fenwick. With much of the North Island experiencing a summer drought, the number of kiwi eggs in the wild was greatly impacted, and just 23 kiwi were hatched.
2020 - The second hatching season kicked off in September 2020 with the arrival of “Whetū,” named by staff from Crombie Lockwood. With better weather conditions, and good fortune from Mother Nature, the season saw a total of 102 kiwi hatched.
2021 - The latest hatching season began strongly, and by the end of October, the Burrow had seen 35 chicks hatched, and 14 released into protected predator-free zones. With the first eggs collected late in September after a level 4 lockdown, "Locko" was the first arrival, later released into the Cape Sanctuary Kohanga site. Kiwis for kiwi changed its name to Save the Kiwi, and in November Crombie Lockwood announced it was renewing the partnership for a further 3 years.
In the wild, only 1 in 20 kiwi chicks survive to adulthood because of the threat from predators like rats and stoats. By collecting kiwi eggs from the wild, hatching and caring for them for the first few weeks of their lives, their chance of survival jumps from just 5% to 65%.
Watch to see how the Kiwi Burrow is helping Kiwis for kiwi to increase the survival rate of our kiwi population.
The Crombie Lockwood Kiwi Burrow opened in October 2019 at Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary.
We post regular updates about the Kiwi Burrow on our Facebook page.
Crombie Lockwood has teamed up with Save the Kiwi to offer a limited edition reusable food wrap. Proceeds from the sale of the wraps will be donated to Save the Kiwi.
Produced by Honeywrap, with an original design from our schools' competition winner, the organic, beeswax food wraps will brighten up your lunchbox and support kiwi conservation.