How You Can Make a Difference
Unfortunately, the greatest cause of death of adult kiwi in Northland is dogs.
Dogs may not mean to kill kiwi, but kiwi smell very strongly and are very fragile. A dog can kill a kiwi simply by picking it up gently in its mouth or giving it a playful push with its muzzle. Any size or breed of dog can be a threat. The only sure way to help protect kiwi is to stop dogs from coming near them.
Luckily, this issue is easily solved – people are the key.
How can dog owners help save kiwi?
You can help by ensuring dogs are:
- Contained on your property, so there is no chance of them wandering.
- On a lead when walking (unless in an off-leash area).
- Registered and neutered (if you don’t intend to breed from them).
Any pet can be a risk to a Kiwi
The easiest way to make a difference as a cat owner is to keep your cat inside at night. This is when kiwi chicks are out and also when cats choose to hunt most actively. Putting a bell on your cat’s collar to give the birds fair warning that a cat is around is a great additional safety measure.