Wednesday, April 25, 2018

A race to help Hihi - It's time to place your bets!

Saving one of New Zealand’s vulnerable birds could come down to the speed of its sperm.

Scientists working to save the hihi - or stitchbird - have devised a global competition for punters to guess which bird has the fastest little swimmers and raise money for hihi conservation at the same time.

The Great Hihi Sperm Race will pit 128 male birds from four populations across New Zealand’s North Island against each other. Meanwhile, experts from Otago University are analysing hihi sperm samples with the help of a mobile sperm lab, a microscope and a video camera to find the winning bird.

Read more details and place your bet here.

 

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