Supporting Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre

supporting kaarakin black cockatoo conservation centre

Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre is a specialist wildlife centre located in Perth, Western Australia, dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of sick and injured wild native black cockatoos.

They are the only facility dedicated to the conservation and rehabilitation of black cockatoos in Australia. Kaarakin is based on the Noongar word ‘kararak’ which means black cockatoo.

The black cockatoo is beautiful, graceful and has an unmissable call. They represent change, enlightenment and herald the coming of rain. Indigenous Australian Dreamtime stories talk of black cockatoos being the guides and guardians of the spirits of loved ones on their journey to rest amongst the Ancestors.

kaarakin black cockatoo conservation centre support

Kaarakin is currently home to approximately 200 black cockatoos at various stages of rehabilitation. They are a not -for-profit organisation and rely on volunteers and donations, private tours and other fundraising events to continue their rescue and rehabilitation work.

There are three species of black cockatoo that are endemic to the South West of Western Australia – the Baudin’s black cockatoo, the Carnaby’s cockatoo, and the Forest Red-tailed black cockatoo.  The Baudin’s and Carnaby’s cockatoo each have white tail feathers and a similar “wee-loo” call, while the Forest Red-tailed black cockatoo has distinctive red tail feathers and a “kaarak” call. Throughout Australia, there are a further three species of black cockatoo – the Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo, the Glossy Black Cockatoo and Red Tailed Black Cockatoo.

Supporting black cockatoo rescue and rehabilitation

Black cockatoos are threatened with extinction due to land clearing, illegal shooting, vehicle strikes, and competition with other species for nesting hollows.

Currently, it is estimated that there are only 10,000 Baudin’s cockatoos, 10,000 to 20,000 Carnaby’s cockatoos, and 10,000 to 15,000 Red-tailed black cockatoos left in the wild. Therefore, it is essential to rescue and save as many black cockatoos as possible. 

When it comes to black cockatoo rehabilitation, every case is different.  Juvenile birds need to be fed with formula for a certain time, while adult birds might need to put on weight, wait for broken wings to mend, or they might just need a fitness boost before being released.

It can take a few years before a cockatoo is fit for release. Therefore, Kaarakin has several types of aviaries to accommodate cockatoos in various rehabilitation stages. Beside the clinic, they also have rewilding aviaries, pre-release flight aviaries where the cockatoos learn to fly short distances, and a unique 60-metre long pre-release aviary that the birds must be able to traverse before release. In this long aviary, black cockatoos are encouraged to fly every day in order to build up their strength before the release day.

Gift wrapping that supports Kaarakin

We are very proud to be able to support Kaarakin, by donating the $5 cost of our gift wrapping to the centre annually.

Our gorgeous gift wrap is from Bespoke Letterpress, with some designs illustrated by Australian botanical artist Edith Rewa. Bespoke Letterpress gift cards are also available.

If you would like to further support Kaarakin, by donating directly, adopting a black cockatoo or purchasing items from their gift shop, visit their website, blackcockatoorecovery.com 


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