Date: 29 April 2014
By Robyn Orchard
Robyn Orchard from DOC with her colourful whio mask
Whio Awareness Month returned for March, celebrating the whio and promoting awareness about this unique duck.
More than 6,500 people visited the whio enclosure at Auckland Zoo for the whio family fun weekend this year.
Now in its second year, this special event attracted large crowds of families, who came along to the zoo to find out about whio, and the Whio Forever programme.
The Central North Island DOC rangers got amongst the fun. They their faces painted, talked Whio Forever and even donned waders to get into the stinky zoo stream to run the blue duck race.
It was quite the spectacle as 500 rubber ducks were raced down the Zoo stream, so this event was definitely the highlight for many.
Tongariro biodiversity rangers Malcolm Swanney and Bubs Smith ready for a different blue duck race – the race to get them cleaned off after the race in the zoo stream