Our Rehab Centre...
We also operate as a local Rehabilitation Centre, taking in and caring for sick and injured wildlife. Our aim is to release back into the wild.
Little Blue Penguins
We operate as a rescue for the Little Blue Penguin. The public or local organisations may bring sick, injured or weak penguins into us. We care for them until they are well enough & at an acceptable weight to then be released back into the wild. We do not keep any Penguins to have on display permanently.
Latest Patient: Poppy the Penguin
Poppy was brought into us on Anzac Day by a member of the public. She was found down by Kaikoura, inland and not looking too flash. When she arrived at EcoWorld, she was underweight but perfectly fine otherwise. Her adult feathers had just come in so we suspect as they came in, her parents then left her to fend for herself. In doing so she must of become a bit confused and headed inland and got lost! She was with us for 2 weeks before being released back to the wild.
Latest Success Story
Four Penguins were found in a storm drain by the interislander terminal. All four were adults who were underweight and it was presumed one of the penguins had gone exploring into the drain when the other three followed which resulted in all of them becoming stuck! All we had to do was keep the penguins on site until their weight had improved, then they were released onto Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary.
As part of Project Janszoon, we breed Yellow-crown Kakariki for release into the Able Tasman National Park. The goal is to restore and improve the Able Tasman's rich biodiversity.
The Yellow-crown are endemic to New Zealand and were once extremely common across the country but are now quite rare in most areas on the mainland. Instead they are now seen on off-shore predator free islands.
There are 4 facilities, including us, across the Marlborough region who breed these beautiful birds and so far 54 young have been released into the National Park. We currently have another 5 birds that are ready to be released!
Patient of the Month
Meet Keith the Kereru. Keith was brought in by some lovely local woman who had found him on the forest floor. It seemed as though he had fallen from the nest. He's been with us for around 6 weeks now and is growing bigger everyday it seems! He has a charming personality - flapping his wings and chirping every time we come into the room. Once hes a bit bigger we'll transfer him to the large aviary inside the aquarium so he can practice his flying before we release him onto Kaipupu.
Keith on the first day he was brought in. 3/3/19
The Kereru, or New Zealand Wood Pigeon, is an endemic bird found across the country in a variety of habitats. The main threat to this large bird is mammalian predation by feral cats, stoats, possums and rats.
When nesting they make a platform of dead twigs to lay their egg on, but these 'nests' are known for being quite flimsy!
Keith today! 15/4/19
We have a variety of bird species through the rehab centre, from shore birds to forest birds, keep reading to learn about some of the interesting patients we've had through.
Still in the works! Check back soon