I briefly visited Nga Manu today. Here are some things that I learned about the facility today that I feel are noteworthy. -Most importantly, they no longer have Polynesian Rats. -Their remaining Mute Swan was given to a private owner in Levin about two years ago, because of its aggressive behaviour. -The mixed waterfowl aviary is now used to house only their breeding pair of Blue Ducks. This pair had four ducklings recently (I think that they were about a month old), which are being held in a separate enclosure. Once these ducklings get eight weeks older, they will be transferred to Turangi, and they will eventually be released into the wild from there. -The White-faced Heron that was in the New Zealand Pigeon aviary died several years ago. It was apparently old. -The Little Owls were transferred to Wingspan, as it was feared that their enclosure at Nga Manu was too small for them. -Three Australasian Swamphen/Pukeko chicks are being held in an aviary next to the Red-crowned Parakeet aviary until they get older.