The Whinray Ecological Charitable Trust was formed in 2002 to increase brown kiwi numbers in the Gisbourne East Coast area of the North Island. Raukumara Red Venison supports the excellent work that the Trust is doing by donating Trust monthly.
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We were lucky enough to be invited to the release of two chicks from the Trust’s kiwi crèche into the wild - an exciting and moving experience to be a part of. Adam Finlayson, Partner in Raukumara Red, got to release Toa, whose name means "Warrior".
Toa had begun to hatch when removed from the burrow as an egg. He was mal-positioned in his egg and unable to hatch without assistance and if left in the bush would have died. Toa is now 6 months old and is a true warrior. He has a fighting attitude, is not scared to take anyone on and has some awesome ninja moves where he will come at you both legs flying! We are awaiting DNA testing from Toa's feather samples to determine gender.
Toa was released alongside another chick, Rixon, a 5 month old female. She too was mal-positioned in her egg and needed assistance to hatch. Rixon is a placid wee girl, with a typical East Coast laid back no worries attitude and has been an awesome chick to work with. She will happily dose off to sleep during transmitter attachment.
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