Moa

About us

Genetic Rescue Foundation was formed in 2015 as a way to address extinction at its root - the loss of genetic biodiversity.   Our focus is game changing conservation science in partnership with the world's best scientists.

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Help us to end human-induced extinction

Help us to end human-induced extinction

We operate with the support of donations and volunteers.  If you would like to get involved we have a wide range of volunteer opportunities available.

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Projects

Our Projects

We recently completed the Kakapo 125+ project and are also working on sequencing the giant moa genome and undertaking feasibility work for restoration of the extinct koreke.  

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What We've achieved

In partnership with Department of Conservation and Ngai Tahu, we've achieved a world first - sequencing the genomes of all living Kakapo - giving an unprecedented understanding of this precious bird.

Kakapo 125+

Joining the world's efforts to understand our family of mega-birds, we've begun sequencing the genome of the giant moa. Despite the significant challenges, we are delighted have begun compiling data from sub-fossil bones.

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Our initial work on Koreke has seen us complete the genomes of its two closest Australian relatives. We'll be working with this information to develop our programme for the sequencing of the Koreke genome.

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