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For Rotary to build a better world, we must first stop our existing world from being further destroyed.
Scott Bruce, of the Rotary Club of Milson, NZ, with the support of
local New Zealand Rotary clubs, believed that the first step to effect a
real change in environmental and conservational consciousness, was to
start with an impactful experience for children. The barriers to this
positive encounter are usually awareness, cost, access or proximity.
Recovery, planned to be completed in 2017, is more than a
rehabilitation facility for endangered wildlife; it will provide a free
opportunity for visitors to interact and learn about the global
fragility of our native species.
in Palmerston North’s Victoria Esplanade, Wildbase Recovery will
provide a special place 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.
will come from all over the country; their journey back to wellness
will engage visitors directly with the conservation of some of NZ’s (in
fact, the world’s) 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
world-class facility will include: permanent breeding and inflight
aviaries and 14 purpose built rehabilitation aviaries for species such
as kākā, 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.
led the formation of The Wildbase Recovery Community Trust. The Trust,
officially launched in August 2014, is tasked with raising $5.69m 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,
with the on-going support of the regional Rangitāne Māori iwi.
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 financial support. Fundraising is also Rotary-led with almost $2.6m
raised to date, thanks to grants from Central Energy Trust, the Lottery
Grant Board’s WWI Commemorations, Environment and Heritage Fund, the
Lottery Grant Board’s Significant Project Fund, financial donations from
the NZ Rotary Clubs of Awapuni, Milson, Palmerston North and
Plimmerton, and NZ Lions clubs.
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 all endorsing the project.
is no other facility like this in NZ, so its direct connection with
Wildbase Hospital and contribution to conservation efforts reflects the
project’s national and global significance.
Together with Rotary, we can give our native species the best chance of survival and be a Gift to the World, now and into the future.