Every month we highlight what we consider a #positive project that is doing cool amazing stuff worldwide!
Every Positive Package will include an item supporting these projects and giving back to the communities where we sourced them from.
Quick Kiwi Facts
An average of 27 kiwi are killed by predators EVERY WEEK. That’s a population decline of around 1,400 kiwi every year (or 2%). At this rate, kiwi may disappear from the mainland in our lifetime. Just one hundred years ago, kiwi numbered in the millions.
A single roaming dog can wipe out an entire kiwi population in a matter of days
Approximately 20% of the kiwi population is under management.
In areas under where predators are controlled, 50-60% of chicks survive. When areas are not under management 95% of kiwi die before reaching breeding age.
Only 20% survival rate of kiwi chicks is needed for the population to increase.
Proof of success – on the Coromandel, in the predator controlled area, the kiwi population is doubling every decade.
What’s so unusual?
Kiwi are flightless – their Latin species name is Apteryx, which means wingless. They belong to an ancient group of birds that can’t fly – the ratites. Because they can’t fly, how they arrived in New Zealand is not completely clear.
Kiwi are omnivores. Discover what foods they find with their unusual beak.
Even though kiwi are unusual enough, tall stories abound about the bird.
Eco-Soap Bank is a humanitarian and environmental non-profit organization working to save, sanitize, and supplyrecycled hotel soap for the developing world. Our work has three objectives:
Treasure Island Hatch Start Conversation Program
We are lucky that they live and breed here on the island! For over
forty years Treasure Island Resort has been an advocate for the
protection of Hawksbill Turtles, we were one of the first resorts in
the Mamanuca Island group to employ a full-time Environmental
Officer and dedicated Environment Team to run our Hawksbill
Turtle Conservation Programme, among other projects. Through this program we have released hundreds of turtles back into the wild each year; luckily this is something that has caught on with other local resorts now running similar programmes.
Hawksbill Turtle nesting season in Fiji can run from October to June each year, one of the longer nesting seasons for marine turtles. Throughout this nesting season we patrol regularly looking for new nests. Once a nest has been identified we place a small fence around and monitor it, when the eggs hatch we place the hatchlings in one of our turtle ponds where we care for them until they are less vulnerable. We then release the turtles back into the wild in small batches between 6 months and 24 months old. This conservation approach is known as a Hatchling Headstart Programme, and we are one of the very few resorts in Fiji that have the necessary permits from theDepartment of Fisheries to keep turtles for conservation purposes. We ensure the turtles have ample opportunity to develop natural behaviours so they are adequately prepared for release. We adopt recognised best practice procedures for this type of programme, and in our release methodology, and consult with experts around the world to ensure the best care for our baby turtles whilst they are with us on Treasure. We submit our data to national and regional databases to contribute to development of more effective conservation strategies.
Where possible, turtles will be tagged and the unique identification number recorded before they are released. We then take the turtles to the release location where they are released on the beach close to the water’s edge and allowed to crawl to the sea. This process is called ‘imprinting’ and is considered critical to development of navigational cues which enable them to return to their beach of birth when they begin to nest later in life.
One success story is a turtle named Adi Mamanuca who hatched on Treasure Island, she was released with a satellite tag in 2008 and her journey was tracked for 270 days when her signal was lost. She recently returned to our neighbouring island Bounty where we were able to record the sighting and start tracking her again.