Additional funds for Wildbase Recovery
The Department of Conservation (DOC) Director-General, Lou Sanson, was invited to meet with Wildbase Recovery representatives to learn more about the national wildlife rehabilitation facility.
DOC have contributed $175,000 to fundraising efforts so far and following the Director-Generals visit the department granted a further $25,000 to the project, bringing their total commitment to $200,000. DOC has also granted a 30-year permit, allowing Massey University wildlife technicians to give rehabilitation treatment on native wildlife at Victoria Esplanade. Prior to the visit to Wildbase Recovery’s proposed site in the Palmerston North Victoria Esplanade, Mr Sanson called into Massey University’s Wildbase Hospital to see first-hand where the rehabilitation aviaries’ patients will come from. It was the Director-General’s first visit to Wildbase Hospital, where last year 317 native wildlife patients were treated at little or no cost to DOC and the members of public who brought them in. Roger Kennedy, Wildbase Recovery Community Trust’s Chair said that with thanks to significant grants, sponsorship agreements, and community fundraising efforts, they were on target to start building next year. “We have set ourselves a target to raise $700,000 by the 30th of July. Now is the time for everyone to get behind the project and give our native species the very best chance of survival”.
Wildbase Recovery Community Trust representatives showed Mr Sanson around the site. It will house 14 purpose-built rehabilitation aviaries, including a circular flighted aviary for species such as kākā, kea, tui and kererū, a 5m tall raptor aviary for kārearea and harrier hawks, recovery pools for ocean, shore and wetlands birds to restore their waterproofing, and a place for grounddwelling birds including the kiwi and takahē. Wildbase Recovery will also include permanent inflight and breeding aviaries, and the Powerco Education Centre. Onsite and online, Wildbase Recovery will provide high quality interactive storytelling and learning experiences that link directly to the NZ School Curriculum and DOC’s national education strategy. Viewing of wildlife will be free for the public while they continue to receive world-class recuperation care, without intrusion. Each visit will be a unique experience, with animals continually changing us they fully recover and are released back into the wild. To help get our native species home, donated today at:
From left to right: Nina Mercer, PNCC, Aaron Phillips, PNCC, Andrew Mercer, DOC, Lou Sanson, DOC, Roger Kennedy, Wildbase Recovery Community Trust Chair, Reg Kemper, DOC, Peter Russell, PNCC . Photo by Leigh Dome.