The Kea Conservation Trust is very proud to welcome a new member to their team, Peter Hillary, who today has become Patron of the Kea Conservation Trust!
Peter was the Kea Conservation Trusts keynote speaker in 2017 at the first Kea Convention in Arthur’s Pass and spoke about his family’s commitment to the environment and conservation. “Four generations of the Hillary family have contributed to parks, conservation, outdoor recreation and trails. From the formation of Sagarmatha/Mt Everest National Park in Nepal to gifting an iconic coastal headland on the wild West Coast of Auckland in New Zealand, it is a history that we are very proud of.”
“I love our mountains and natural environment and for me the call of a Kea up at the snow line is one of the thrills of being in the Southern Alps. They are symbols of the Alps and it is abhorrent to think of our mountains without them and that is why I see the work of the KCT and its partners as so important”.
Tamsin Orr-Walker, co-founder and Chair of the Kea Conservation Trust is excited to have Peter on board. “Protecting kea from extinction, a species which faces multiple challenges in an environment increasingly modified by human activity, is a challenge for all New Zealanders. Having Peter, a passionate kea advocate join us in raising awareness of the importance of saving kea is a major boon and we welcome him to our small but dedicated team!”