Lake Orbell in the Murchison Mountains, New Zealand
Lake Orbell, a restricted area in Fiordland National Park is the home of the takahē. A flightless bird indigenous to New Zealand. It is also known as the South Island takahē or notornis. It is the largest living member of the rail family.
Thought to be extinct, due to hunting by Māori. It was not named or described by Europeans until 1847, and then only from fossil bones.
It was then rediscovered by Dr G. Orbell in 1948. Managed since then the only remaining population in the world has grown. There have been ups and downs. Currently the population by the lake number more than 200. Translocation has also been happening to other safe areas in New Zealand. It is still at risk, but on a steady path to larger numbers.
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