A critically endangered giant parrot, the kakapo is a classic example of evolution on an isolated island. The only flightless parrot in the world, it is also the heaviest. Its muscular thighs mean it is better suited to walking and climbing, than taking to the air — although it probably evolved from parrots that could fly.
Television scientist Steve Mould explained why the kakapo deserves more support:
“The kakapo encapsulates the fragility of life that evolved in a bubble — in this case, the bubble is New Zealand… but that bubble burst and New Zealand is full of predatory mammals, but the kakapo hasn’t evolved a fear response. Often its response is curiosity — ‘who’s this?’ the kakapo would say — ‘oh, I’m in its mouth…’”