Story: Welch, Elwyn Owen Arnold

Elwyn Welch and a takahē, about 1957

Elwyn Welch crouching outdoors beside a takahē.

Known as an expert in raising endangered birds, Elwyn Welch is pictured with a takahē, a species he helped save in an elaborate plan to bring chicks out of the Murchison Mountains.

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How to cite this page:

Gareth Winter. 'Welch, Elwyn Owen Arnold', Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, first published in 2000, updated April, 2014. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 January 2022)