We're putting some competition into conservation by pitting male hihi against each other to see who has the fastest sperm. Bet on the male with the sperm that go the distance and you could win some fantastic prizes!
During the 2017/18 breeding season, Dr Helen Taylor from Otago University collected sperm samples from 128 male hihi across four sites. Using her handy mobile sperm lab, she was able to video hihi sperm to calculate how fast they swim.
Helen is currently analyzing the sperm videos to figure out which male has the speediest swimmers, but we want you to guess which male is the fittest. All the money raised from the race will go towards sustaining and building new populations of this cheeky little bird.
If you would like to make a large donation to hihi conservation without placing bets, or become a long term sponsor, please contact [email protected]
Target amount: $10,000 | Final total: over $11,000! | We'll know the exact amount in the next few days - stay tuned!
With four sites to choose from, there's a hihi for everyone! Just click on your chosen population and then choose a bird to back. If the male you back is the fastest, you'll go into the draw for a hihi prize pack.
Want to see hihi in the wild? Or maybe consume some hihi-themed wine? Or even introduce some hihi magic to your wardrobe? Thanks to several extremely generous sponsors, we have some amazing prizes to give away to the winners of The Great Hihi Sperm Race. We can ship prizes internationally and will match prizes to location wherever possible: