HOKI A Story of a Kakapo by Gideon Climo
As New - 1997 - Hard Cover Library Binding - 60 pages - 8 3/4 x 8 3/4
If you've ever wanted to get to know an individual bird--and one of great importance, read this book. Written by her caretaker, the story of Hoki is an interesting, abundantly-illustrated (photos and a few drawings) of Hoki's transition from chick to adult, captive-raised to free to roam one of the few places her species can survive, New Zealand's Maud Island.
All of the remaining birds of this species are individually named and tracked, and Hoki happens to be one of the few chicks that survived in the earlier days of their preservation efforts. It's a brief read, but we get a full sense of her personality as she interacts with her keeper's boots, devours ferns, vocalizes with passing birds, and pushes through to different parts of her enclosure until she's finally ready for the wild. Although it's sometimes hard to tell how much of her behavior is peculiar to herself and her captive situation and how much is inherent to all or most kakapos, I felt I gained a lot of insight into all facets of this species from this book--and the photos are everywhere and are amazing.
From the Parrot Library of Sally Blanchard
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