Meet the Kakapo: a flightless, herbivorous, nocturnal parrot that also happens to be the world’s heaviest parrot, possibly the oldest living bird, and a critically endangered animal. In 2009, there were only 19 kakapo parrots, as reported by Stephen Fry in this Last Chance to See clip:
New Zealand’s Kakapo Recovery has reported more recently that there are now around 150 — a successful increase, but still not enough to keep them safe from extinction. As a part of their preservation, these unique creatures live on a group of protected islands with no predators and lots of technology-supported efforts to keep them healthy. Conservationist Jason Melham explains:In the archives: more conservation videos, including the protection of sloths, snowy owls, rhinos, bald eagles, and giant manta rays.
h/t The Dodo.