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Saving our southern species: Wildlife Hospital Dunedin

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Get close to our native southern species as they receive emergency hospital treatment.

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About this trip

Life has always been tough for wild animals. In the past there were no wildlife hospitals but now there are – and we need them. Our vehicles, the windows in our buildings, introduced predators and our own pets can injure our native birds and animals. If we can get them to a wildlife hospital, they have a better chance of surviving. It’s worth doing!

Join us during the week of World Wildlife Day (3 March 2023) to visit the Wildlife Hospital–Dunedin and the people recovering key species, many of whom are volunteers with an interest in protecting New Zealand’s wildlife.

Travel online to Ōtepoti Dunedin to:

    • get up close to species such as hoiho and kererū receiving hospital care
    • follow the people working to give these creatures a second chance
    • discover why it’s important to help these birds and animals
    • find out what to do if you find an injured or sick native animal.

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This online field trip supports a STEAM-based, cross curricular approach to teaching and learning. Participation encourages curiosity, citizen-science and student inquiry. Access the glossary.



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United Nations SDG 15This trip reflects the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially Goal 15: Life on land: halt biodiversity loss.

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