WBR Lions Header.jpg Set in Palmerston North’s Victoria Esplanade, Wildbase Recovery will provide a special place for visitors to observe native wildlife as they recover from illness and injury after treatment at Massey University’s Wildbase Hospital, New Zealand’s only dedicated wildlife hospital.  Patients will come from all over the country; their journey back to wellness will engage visitors directly with the conservation of some of New Zealand’s (in fact, the worlds) most endangered species. Rehabilitating wildlife will spend an average of six weeks at Wildbase Recovery before their release back into the wild, making every visit a unique and exciting experience.

The world-class facility will include permanent breeding and inflight aviaries and 14 purpose built rehabilitation aviaries for species such as kaka, kea, and raptors; recovery pools for penguins and wetland birds, and ground-dwelling aviaries for kiwi and takahē. An education centre will provide hands-on and online learning opportunities.


The Wildbase Recovery Community Trust, officially launched in August 2014, is tasked with raising $5.6m that will be granted to Palmerston North City Council to build this community funded wildlife recovery centre. In a unique collaboration, Wildbase Recovery will be co-managed by Massey University’s Veterinary School.


The Department of Conservation has provided a 30 year permit for care of native animals at the facility (the only one of its kind), as well as providing a financial ‘down payment’. To date almost $2m has been raised, thanks to grants from Central Energy Trust and the Lottery Grant Board’s WW1 Commemorations, Environment and Heritage Fund.


In addition to the growing community support, Wildbase Recovery has the Governor General, Rt Hon. Sir Jerry Mateparae as its Patron, with Ambassadors Sir Graham Henry, Urzila Carlson, Jamie Fitzgerald, Nicola Toki and Ian McKelvie endorsing the project.


WBR Trust Logo.jpgThere is no other facility like this in New Zealand; its direct connection with Wildbase Hospital and contribution to conservation efforts reflects the project’s national and global significance.   Together, we can give our native species the best chance of survival.




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