The facility is free to the public.
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 on-site 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.
Around 40 per cent of the patients are on the Department of Conservation list of rare and endangered species. They present with injuries and illnesses that are too complicated to be treated anywhere else in New Zealand.
Facility wins architectural design award
Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery has won the Commercial/Industrial Architectural Design Award in the 2019 Taranaki/Whanganui/Manawatū ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards.
The judges said the design by Susie Elms of Chapple Architecture has an uncompromising attention to detail.
"The centre is sympathetic to its park environment, despite being enclosed within a large concrete and steel-capped predator proof fence. The design creates a world and invites discovery."