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As of mid October 2017 Kaikōura Wildlife Rescue will operate a facility dedicated to the treatment and rehabilitation of injured and ill New Zealand birds. The facility is currently working on opening Stage 1 (a wildlife room and outdoor enclosure) and will open Stage 2 (a second wildlife room) at a later date.

The rehabilitation facility is maintained by wildlife biologist Sabrina Luecht, under a ten year Department of Conservation Wildlife Act permit. Sabrina specialises in endangered species and has worked for many conservation organisations in New Zealand and internationally. Sabrina is passionate about wildlife rehabilitation and undertakes this work voluntarily in a non-paid capacity, funding all of the running costs herself. The renovation of the facility is kindly being funded Ben Foster Sculpture.
Kaikōura Wildlife Rescue has an excellent relationship with Vetcare Kaikōura who kindly subsidise medical supplies. The facility also liaises with wildlife vets at Wellington Zoo, Wildbase and the South Island Wildlife Hospital.
If you find injured or ill native birds in the Kaikōura area please collect and keep in a cage or box at room temperature in a quiet place, until the bird can be dropped off or collected. Call Sabrina on 021 585 586 for immediate assistance. Please minimise handling and do not attempt to feed or hydrate the bird. Ensure handover occurs as soon as possible, as time is of essence and stress itself can kill unwell birds.
Funds are always desperately needed to cover ongoing treatment and rehabilitation costs - including vet, food, housing, and cleaning supplies. Kaikōura Wildlife Rescue is seeking one-off or long-term sponsorship from businesses, and also appreciates any donation from members of the public wishing to help.
At this stage Kaikōura Wildlife Rescue is not in need of volunteers, if the situation changes volunteer vacancies will be advertised on their Facebook page.