What to know about the new horned puffins at the New Zealand Zoo
The New Zealand zoo has announced it is adding a new species of bird to its list of threatened species.
The horned puffs are a new and very rare species that are believed to have been born on the island of New Zealand in the 1800s.
The new species has been named the horned mongoose.
It’s only been found on the New Guinea mainland, with the most recent sighting being on the shore of the Mangere Bay, in the north of the island.
The first confirmed sighting in New Zealand occurred in 1857.
The New Zealand Department of Conservation and Environment has announced that the horneds will be relocated to the Bird Island Reserve on New Zealand’s northern coast.
“New Zealand is in the midst of an ongoing population explosion and we are working with the New Zealander Conservation Society to help ensure the conservation of New Zealand’s birds,” New Zealand Wildlife Minister Mark Dreyfus said in a statement.
“The Horned Mongoose is one of only a handful of New Zephyrs to have a breeding population.”
New Zealand’s population has exploded since its last population census in 2009.
A total of more than 1,300 horned moose have been sighted since then, with more than half of those in the country’s Bird Island reserve.