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Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery

Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery is a unique conservation centre tasked with rehabilitating endangered native birds.

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.

This project is an exciting opportunity for Palmerston North to contribute to the conservation and protection of our native species. Located in Victoria Esplanade, the centre houses permanent breeding and inflight aviaries alongside nine rehabilitation aviaries for some of our most endangered species. There’s nothing else quite like it in New Zealand.

Massey University’s veterinary wildlife specialists are onsite to rehabilitate ill or injured birds before they’re released back into the wild. Visitors are able to watch the vets in action and get close to native birds including kiwi, takahē and yellow-eyed penguins. Each bird has its own story, and visitors can learn about each bird’s injuries, treatment and recovery.

It’s anticipated that around 40% 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 is also home to the PowerCo Education Centre, aimed at introducing youngsters to conservation through a fun, bilingual education programme.

The facility is free to the public.

For the latest news and updates, see the website.

Who's behind it

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

The community facility is funded by the Wildbase Recovery Community Trust, a charitable trust that has raised funds for building, operating and maintaining the $5.69 million recovery centre – which will be built and managed by Council. So far $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. Council has made a total contribution of $1.37 million. Other contributors include the Department of Conservation, Eastern and Central Community Trust, Lotteries and corporate sponsors.