Monica Vasile is currently in New Zealand conducting research on the South Island Takahē, a flightless bird and the largest member of the rail family. Indigenous to New Zealand, Takahē were once thought to be extinct until they were dramatically ‘rediscovered’ in 1948; since then, there have been extensive conservation efforts to recover and re-introduce the species.
We are looking forward to hearing more about Monica’s research soon!
Doing research on the flightless takahe in NZ, the largest rail in the world apparently, a near-extinction and recovery story. Met the bird first in a sanctuary in Wellington..#twitterstorians #animalhistory #envhist pic.twitter.com/qctgdqkwNJ
— Monica Vasile (@monica_vasile) March 29, 2023
Image: Monica meets a Takahē in a sanctuary in Wellington, NZ.