This short Loading Docs documentary from 2017 follows conservationist Corey Mosen as he heads into the forest with a special canine — his border collie cross Ajax. The pair play a vital role in the mission to ensure the survival of the kea, the world’s only mountain parrot. Despite being one of the world’s most resourceful and intelligent birds, kea are under threat (eg from predation), with as few as 2000 left in the wild. Corey and Ajax locate kea nests in the steep alpine forest and spread awareness of a bird that Mosen reckons is pretty "neat and special".
In New Zealand, the kea is one of many native animals facing extinction. Through this documentary, filmed in the kea’s natural habitat of the beautiful South Island, we want to show that this cheeky bird and New Zealand icon must be saved.– Director Michael Weatherall
Made with funding from NZ On Air, as well as the NZ Film Commission, Te Māngai Pāho and Lotto