The Kea Conservation Trust directs funds into both captive(ex-situ) and wild (in-situ) projects to support conservation and best management practice of all Kea in New Zealand. Community education and advocacy programmes are also vital to support kea conservation initiatives and as such are a strong remit of the trust.
Additionally we are keen to showcase and support the growing number of kea projects from other institutions here and overseas.
2013 Projects needing funding
Current and Ongoing Kea Conservation Trust Projects
For more information on the projects listed below, please visit the appropriate pages listed in the menu.
In-situ Kea Projects (in the wild)
These projects aim to help us understand the status of kea populations in the wild (whether they are stable, in decline or increasing), nesting survivorship, main impacts on kea at different locations and ways in which to mitigate identified issues.
Captive based research on Kea focuses on ways in which to improve the overall physical and psychological health of the species. This may be through conducting research into species behaviour, health, best practice husbandry techniques and/or enclosure design.
Research into ways in which the advocacy potential of captive facilities can be increased is also highly important. Advocacy, helps raise awareness of a species, its habitat, and the issues surrounding them and, as such, is considered to be an important conservation tool.
Community Education/Advocacy Projects
There are a growing number of Universities here and overseas conducting fascinating research projects on kea. We will load a synopsis of each of these as we receive the information from the relevant researcher/organisations.