Ajax the Kea Conservation DogAnimals, Environment, New Zealand|2017|03:20|G
Ajax is a story of fear and hope for New Zealand's unique wildlife told through the relationship of conservationist Corey and Ajax, his highly-trained border collie cross, as they voyage into remote and challenging parts of the New Zealand countryside to track down the world's only mountain parrot, New Zealand's endangered kea. Travel with these two friends as they brave the elements and manage the disappointments, in the hope that together they can make a difference in the fight for kea survival. Despite the kea’s ubiquitous presence in South Island tourist hotspots, the numbers of this native bird are declining due to predation from stoats and possums. Conservationist Corey Mosen and his highly-trained border collie cross Ajax, are at the front line of the kea conservation programme, voyaging over vast swathes of the most remote and challenging parts of New Zealand to gather data on the world’s only mountain parrot. They face the possibility of traveling for days without a sighting or finding a nest that has been attacked. Through it all, they rely on each other: Corey is preeminent in his field, conducting research, tagging, and monitoring kea; Ajax is rigorously trained to sniff out and lead them to kea nests nestled among boulders in high altitude forests. Meet two friends who are taking an innovative approach to conservation in the hopes that together they can make a real difference in the fight for Kea survival.