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Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery

This project is a unique and exciting opportunity for Palmerston North to contribute to the conservation and protection of our native species.

Artist's illustration shows people walking among buildings and aviaries set amongst trees in a park.

Visitors to the wildlife rehabilitation centre will be able to get up close and personal with endangered native birds.

Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery is a collaboration between Massey University and the City Council in partnership with the Department of Conservation, Rotary and Rangitāne o Manawatū.

Located in Victoria Esplanade, the centre will house permanent breeding and inflight aviaries alongside nine rehabilitation aviaries for some of our most endangered species. There’ll be nothing else quite like it in New Zealand.

Massey University’s veterinary wildlife specialists will be on site to rehabilitate ill or injured birds before they’re released back into the wild. Visitors will be able to watch the vets in action and get up close and personal with native birds from kiwi, to takahē, to yellow-eyed penguins.

Each and every bird will have its own story. Visitors will learn about their injuries, their treatment, and their journey to recovery. 

It’s anticipated that around 40 percent of the patients will be on the DOC list of rare and endangered species. They’ll present with injuries and illnesses that are too complicated to be treated anywhere else in New Zealand.

Wildbase Recovery Community Trust is a charitable trust that’s been tasked with raising funds for building, operating and maintaining this community-funded facility. It’ll be built and managed by the Council.

The facility will cost around $5.69 million dollars. To date $5.6million has been raised.

Central Energy Trust contributed $2 million and the facility has been named Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery in recognition of their generosity.

The Council has made a total contribution of $1.37 million.

Other contributors include the Department of Conservation, Eastern and Central Community Trust, Lotteries and a number of corporate sponsors. 

The project will now go to tender while the final $100,000 is raised.

Construction is due to start early next year and will take around 12 months to complete. 

The facility will be free to the public.

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