The Miami Zoo “Kiwi Encounter” has been abandoned; video shows visitors petting a bird

Zoo Miami has apologized for mistreating a kiwi bird after a video emerged online of visitors petting the nocturnal bird in a bright environment and staff showing guests how it walks away from light.

In a statement on Tuesday, Zoo Miami said the Kiwi Encounter would no longer be offered to guests and, in hindsight, was “not well designed in terms of the national symbolism of this iconic animal and what he represents for the people of New Zealand”.

The kiwi is a symbol of the uniqueness of New Zealand wildlife and a taonga (treasure) for Maori, who have strong cultural, spiritual and historical associations with the kiwi, the New Zealand Ministry of Conservation said on its website.

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species, the bird is vulnerable to extinction.

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