Keas are a unique, endangered parrot species and are the only alpine parrots in the world. Kea numbers have been declining in recent years with the introduction of rats and other predators to their environment plus their mischievous nature. Travelling in packs known as a ‘circus of Kea’, the birds like to take the rubber seals from car windscreens or eat the lead nails from the back of country huts. This has led to the birds becoming extremely ill and can lead to poisoning and death if left untreated. The population is down to a shocking 2000-3000 in the whole of New Zealand.
In conjunction with the Kiwi Birdlife Park, Kea Conservation Trust (KCT) and the Department of Conservation (DOC), The Rees Hotel has introduced a gorgeous soft toy Kea, named Gilbert, and will donate all proceeds from the sales of the toy bird towards the conservation of the wild Kea still remaining in the Wakatipu Basin.
CEO Mark Rose says “This was the next step in our plan to support our local community and after a team vote, Keas were our focus then “Gilbert” was born”.
The mascots are on sale now at The Rees Hotel and will sell for $NZ15.00 each. Please take your own ‘Gilbert’ home or a “circus of Kea” and help save this beautiful bird.
About The Rees
The Rees Hotel blends chic five-star accommodation with the comforts of home and the service and facilities of an elite international hotel. Situated on Lake Wakatipu, The Rees’ terraced construction delivers complete privacy and showcases panoramic views overlooking Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables Mountains in Queenstown, New Zealand.
Its landmark restaurant is the True South Dining Room.