Manukura, meaning 'of chiefly status', was hatched on 1 May 2011 to the delight of her rangers at Pukaha Mount Bruce. Soon afterwards she became an international star as the only pure white kiwi to be hatched in captivity in the world.
Manukura now lives in the kiwi house at Pukaha Mount Bruce and can be viewed by visitors every day between 9am and 4.30pm.
She is a female North Island Brown Kiwi but thanks to recessive white feather genes from her parents, she is pure white. This makes it really easy to see her in the nocturnal house (which is dark as kiwi are nocturnal - that it they sleep during the day and come out at night). The team at Pukaha Mount Bruce make it really easy for visitors to view their kiwi as they have switched around night and day in the kiwi house.
Manukura shares her house with another North Island Brown Kiwi, Turua. He is a male and it is hoped that they will breed soon. Who knows, maybe their eggs will hatch another surprise kiwi!
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