New Zealand's critically endangered kākāpō population has cracked 200, the largest number in the last 70 years.
At the start of the year, the population was just 147. Conservationists were made all the more nervous when fungal disease aspergillosis swept through the flock, killing seven birds.
But the Department of Conservation has worked tirelessly to get kākāpō numbers booming this breeding season.
The effort included a drone which was used to transport bird semen for artificial insemination on Codfish Island.
“We've had 214 eggs a huge number, but less than 100 are fertile. So, there is a lot of lost productivity," a DOC ranger told 1 NEWS at the time. "This is one of the ways we are trying to make sure we can get more kākāpō in the future."
The endangered birds only breed once every three to four years.