NEWS


 

Wellington's new takahē

We're soon welcoming a breeding pair of takahē to the sanctuary!

ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary

You will have heard our exciting news about the two takahē that will be making their way to ZEALANDIA on 28 August 2017!

Nio and Orbell are a breeding pair of takahē, 14 and 17 years old respectively. There is every possibility they could nest at ZEALANDIA this summer, which is incredible news for Wellington and ZEALANDIA’s ongoing success in conservation.

Why we don’t sell kākā food

An explanation from ZEALANDIA Conservation Manager, Dr. Danielle Shanahan

ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary

After being pretty much lost from the area in the early 1900’s, kākā are well and truly back in Wellington. Hundreds of them have been banded since they were introduced at ZEALANDIA in 2002. However, as these raucous parrots adapt to an urban environment, we need to be mindful of a few issues, including feeding kākā.

Trustee Changes

Welcomes and Farewells

ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary

Karori Sanctuary Trust has welcomed Pete Monk on to the Trust Board. Pete brings to the Trust a wide range of tourism and marketing skills and experience from the commercial and community sectors.

 

Pete replaces long standing trustee Pam Fuller, whose dedicated service was recognised with a Karori Sanctuary Trust honorary membership at her board farewell in July.   Pam remains an active volunteer at ZEALANDIA.

 

Happy Housewarming!

Juvenile tuatara released back to 'wild'

Rosemary Cole

“ If you go out in [ZEALANDIA] today, you`re sure of a big surprise “, because there are no juvenile tuatara in their former glass nursery. Six juvenile tuatara were judged to have grown big enough to cope in the wild. They were also judged to be healthy, so were moved into the wild to protect them from a fungal disease primarily affecting tuatara in captivity.

Rifleman Update

The latest updates on the rifleman translocation cancellation and our future plans can be found on this page.

ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary

Upon learning that the titipounamu / rifleman population in the Wainuiomata source site (the Wainuiomata / Orongorongo Key Native Ecosystem area) considerably lower than previously thought and, as a consequence, we made the difficult decision to postpone the translocation into ZEALANDIA scheduled for March. 

Youth ambassador George Hobson

Recipient of ZEALANDIA's Tītipounamu Award for Future Leaders

Louise Slocombe

Aged 13, George Hobson is one of ZEALANDIA’s youth ambassadors – a team of around ten young people who help with the work of the Education Team. George’s enthusiasm and dedication recently won him ZEALANDIA’s Tītipounamu Award for Future Leaders.

Rifleman Interview with Danielle Shanahan

ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary

Last week, it was announced that the planned translocation of 80 tītipounamu / rifleman into the sanctuary in March 2017, followed by another 80 into Otari-Wilton's Bush in 2018 had been postponed due to ZEALANDIA having just learned that population in the Wainuiomata source site (the Wainuiomata / Orongorongo Key Native Ecosystem area) are considerably lower than previously thought.

We asked Dr. Danielle Shanahan, ZEALANDIA’s Conservation Manager, for some background on the postponement and about the next steps in bringing these iconic species into the sanctuary.

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