Kieran Reid, of the famed New Zealand All Blacks, is now, in addition to his rugby duties, an ambassador for the Yellow-Eyed Penguin Trust, and serves to raise awareness about the plight of the penguin, which is also known as the Hoiho. How great is it that a big, tough athlete is trying to help a little, cute penguin? It’s wonderful to see an athlete get it, and Reid certainly does. He says, “Everyone hopefully will know how special these little guys are, and can hopefully work to look after them in the future.”
Exactly, Mr. Reid, exactly.
When I visited New Zealand, I was fortunate to really get into contact with the non-avian Kiwis as I was visiting my sister who had been living there for 10+ years. In conversations with her friends, all absolute non-birders and not really “nature” people, it became apparent how much they knew about their endangered endemic birds. The pligh of the Black Stilt, Kakapo, Yellow-eyed Penguin etc. was almost common knowledge!
That was great.