Zealandia the fully fenced predator-free urban eco-sanctuary

Conservation
Monday, October 17, 2016

A great visit to Zealandia today – the world’s first fully fenced predator-free urban eco-sanctuary, only 10 minutes from downtown Wellington, has reintroduced 17 species of native wildlife back into the 225 hectare area.  On a short walk we saw and heard tuatāra, saddleback, kaka, tui, kereru, takahe, shags, duck, eels  and more.  We also saw regenerating native bush and the historic dams and machinery. I am looking forward to going back at night to see the kiwis and glow-worms and hear the evening chorus.

 

Paul Atkins the Chief Executive, Danielle Shanahan the Manager of Conservation, Research Learning and Experience and Denise Church  the Zealandia Board Chair gave us a guided tour. 

 

Spot the takahe!

 

The saddlebacks were so noisy.

It is well worth a visit  - check it out at http://www. visitzealandia.com