Kiwi / Nature
Brand new Kiwi Conservation Centre now open
Te Puia’s three resident kiwi now have a new, state-of-the-art facility to call home. Following 18 months of construction, Te Puia’s new Kiwi Conservation Centre offers kiwi and manuhiri (visitors) a leading edge, purpose-built environment in which to live and learn. The Kiwi Conservation Centre will strengthen Te Puia’s conservation efforts including advocacy, captive breeding for release and dog aversion training. In the new centre, manuhiri (visitors) have a crystal clear viewing experience of the kiwi environment, with specialist, three-layer glass which also dampens noise, providing crucial sound insulation for the birds. The centre also incorporates temperature controlled lighting to suit both the kiwi and the growing vegetation, an isolation room for sick or injured kiwi, soundproof panels on the walls and a speaker system featuring translated educational information that can be tailored to specific groups.
Sustainability was also at the forefront of the design, with the roof water collected and filtered to be used again within the building.
Vet nurse and Kiwi Conservation Centre manager, Tracy Johnson and her team, are excited to be able to offer a much-improved environment for the birds, and an enhanced visitor experience. “Due to the large number of manuhiri, Te Puia is in a prime position to deliver key conservation messages and promote how the public can assist with conservation initiatives in their own areas,” says Ms Johnson. The welfare of the kiwi in our care is paramount, and adhering to the husbandry guidelines set down by the Department of Conservation and ZAA (Zoo Aquarium Association) is top priority. Te Puia is an accredited member of ZAA, which means the organisation maintains the highest animal welfare and husbandry standards.