The Tōtara for Tōtaranui project fully supports the work undertaken by our partner the Department of Conservation regarding wildlife restoration.
Queen Charlotte Sound / Tōtaranui is home to a number of predator free islands and we all need to ensure that they remain that way.
The South Island Saddleback is a wonderful example of the success of wildlife restoration. By 1964 there were only 36 of the birds left in the world, located on three small islands. The Department of Conservation translocated these birds to predator free islands and saved the South Island Saddleback from extinction.
In Queen Charlotte Sound / Tōtaranui South Island Saddleback, Rowi Kiwi and Kākāriki can all be found on Motuara Island as part of successful wildlife restoration projects. The South Island Saddleback breeding has been so successful that in April 2021 30 birds were able to be taken off the island and moved to Nelson.
It is planned that more wildlife in the future will also be able to be translocated to the islands to provide them a safe place to breed before being released into other parts of the country.
A history of wildlife translocations in the Marlborough Sounds provides a historical account of the Department of Conservation wildlife restoration in the area.