Kiwi live a dangerous and difficult life in the wild. Habitat destruction and predators are a deadly combination for this low-living national icon. Their survival prospects are looking up with the success of kiwi rescue programmes around New Zealand.
Eggs are taken at an appropriate time, hatched and the chicks returned to the wild when they are big enough to defend themselves. The 1000th egg in this process is almost at hatching stage. It's progress can be followed on the KiwiLife section of the "Save the Kiwi"website.
The library has a number of books on the kiwi which can be found by searching "Kiwis" under a subject search.