It's a very exciting time at the Kiwi Birdlife Park!
If you saw our newsletter last month, you would have read that the kiwi house build is well under way! The roof has been placed, insulation is in and glass is on its way! The targeted opening is mid-June to ensure we have our kiwi relocated before the breeding season begins.
Conservation is our passion here at the park. All of our kiwi are released into the wild, contributing to a national programme aimed at ensuring our national symbol survives for future generations. Kiwi are bred at the park and cared for until they are 1 kg in weight – big enough to fend off the predators that kill them as hatch-lings. In uncontrolled areas, only 5% of kiwi survive to adulthood. With our managed conservation approach, 65% survive in the wild and this figure is higher again in controlled areas. All of our kiwi are released into predator-controlled areas.
All of this valuable work and all of our conservation efforts are funded by admission, souvenir sales and donations. It would not be possible without the support of our local community and generous contributors. We