Since takeover in November 2013, Natureland Wildlife Trust has been busy developing strategic plans, master plans, achieving ZAA Accreditation (formally approved this year), and making significant upgrades to enclosures and visitor experiences. The opening of our first significant development project signals our intent to deliver on our mission of becoming a beacon for conservation in the top of the South Island of New Zealand. The facilities consist of an incubation and brooding facility, an isolation room for treatment separate from remaining zoo collection, and 4 large flight aviaries purpose built for introductions, pair bonding, breeding, and flocking of a wide range of native flighted avian species.
We are proud to have achieved so much in such a short period of time. Natureland Wildlife Trust is currently working with Project Janszoon to breed yellow crown kakariki, and has already released its first season chicks into Abel Tasman National Park. The first collection of wild kākā nestlings was also successful, though the limited number has us planning to go back for further collection next year to assist the captive genetic population.
AUTHOR : Meg Rutledge – Director