Nowadays, more and more species are becoming endangered, due to the natural predators, but also because of the influences that humans have over the natural environment and habitat of animals. One of these endangered species is the beautiful kiwi bird, the national symbol of New Zealand. The poor little kiwi bird is flightless, which means that it can be attacked easier, even if it can run pretty fast. Nearly every kiwi bird is nocturnal, so they cannot usually be seen in daytime. Their nocturnal lifestyle may have protected them for a while, but nowadays they are no longer safe.
One of the major threats to the kiwi bird is the deforestation. People are unaware of the fact that by cutting large forest areas, they are not only destroying the natural habitat of the kiwi bird, but also of other animals. Like the destruction of their natural habitat is not enough, kiwi birds are also threatened by mammalian predators. Among the most fierce predators of the kiwi bird we can recall dogs, cats, stoats and ferrets. Cats are always on the hunt for kiwi bird chicks, which are defenseless, so they do not stand a chance if front of the felines. Stoats are the ones to blame for no less than half of the kiwi bird chickens deaths. While stoats have been introduced into New Zealand to control the rabbit and the hare population, they have turned out to be a major treat for the kiwi bird. These predators are thus responsible for the small percentage (10%) of kiwi bird chickens that actually make it to six months.
Then, there are the dogs and the ferrets, which are responsible for the adult kiwi bird hunting. These predators can cause a significant and sudden decrease in the kiwi bird population, because the scent of the birds attracts them, so they can track and catch them easily. Kiwi birds that live in the proximity of roads and highways are also highly endangered, by motor vehicles. As you can see, there are many kiwi birds threats, that have caused these lovely birds to become endangered. Protecting them is highly important, especially since now the kiwi bird can be seen mostly in zoos, sanctuaries, national parks and reservations.