Author(s): Alison Ballance; Darren Shayne Scott
Through an informative and entertaining mix of hard facts, history, and accounts of the daily and seasonal routines of kakapo and their minders, Alison Ballance brings together these threads to describe the natural history of the bird and tell the inspiring story of the Kakapo Recovery Programme.
Winner of the 2011 Royal Society of New Zealand Science Book Prize
Alison Ballance is a zoologist, award-winning wildlife film-maker, natural history writer and passionate story-teller. She worked as a documentary film-maker and writer from 1990 to 2008, and currently works for Radio New Zealand National in Wellington as co-producer and co-presenter of the weekly one-hour science and environment programme 'Our Changing World'. She has produced more than 16 television documentaries, written 27 books, and recorded and presented about 140 radio stories. Alison has been involved with the kakapo conservation programme since 1994. She produced a TV documentary on the subject, 'To Save the Kakapo', in 1998, and has written two books that cover aspects of the kakapo story: Hoki: The story of a kakapo (1997), and Don Merton: The man who saved the black robin (2007).