National Geographic : 1986 Jun
Photographed by Francis Hannecart Kagu: Genus: Rbynochetos Species: jubatus Adult size: Length, 55cm; stands up to a halfmeter tall Adult weight: 1kg Habitat: Dense mountainforestson the islandofNew Caledonia Surviving number: Estimatedat500- 1,000 Wildlife as Canon sees it: A photographic heritage for all generations. A ground-nester with a spirited courtship dance but limited capability for flight, the kagu comprises a unique genus and family of birds. If disturbed, this shy bird will run away quickly and often stop abruptly, turn, fling out its wings in an attempt to startle the intruder, then resume running. Threatened by habitat loss and preyed upon by dogs, wild pigs and other animals, the helpless kagu faces a very uncertain future. Nothing could bring back the kagu should it vanish completely. And while photography can record it for posterity, more im portantly photography can help save it and the rest of wildlife. Reserves and parks can help The world's most intelligently designed SLR camera. Canon Images for all time maintain valuable kagu habitat. Captive breeding may one day supplement the wild population. But for the present, information is urgently needed about the kagu. Restricted to inaccessible forests, kagus are almost impos sible to observe in the wild, and scientists have to rely on such methods as radio-tracking to obtain the needed data. Not only can photography assist in these efforts, but it can promote a greater understanding of this fascinating bird. And understanding is perhaps the single most important factor in saving the kagu and all of wildlife.