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Welcome to the Wildlife Hospital Dunedin

Find out about the important role the Wildlife Hospital has in helping to save threatened southern species and how the hospital operates.

  • What types of animals are treated at the Wildlife Hospital in Dunedin?
  • What similarities are there between this hospital and a human hospital?

Working with wildlife

Meet Emily a vet nurse at the Wildlife Hospital and find out more about the patients at the hospital and some of the challenges of working with wildlife.

  • What patients are in the hospital at the moment and what are they being treated for?
  • What can you do to reduce the number of birds hitting windows?
  • What should you do if you see sick or injured wildlife?

Tips for looking after wildlife

The Wildlife Hospital treats hundreds of native animals every year. Find out what people can do to help reduce the number of animals that end up in hospital in the first place.

  • What should pet owners do to stop their cat or dog from harming wildlife?
  • What can you do to reduce the amount of plastic pollution in the marine environment?

Project Kererū

Head to the suburb of Green Island in Ōtepoti Dunedin to see how kererū are rehabilitated after treatment at the Wildlife Hospital.

  • How are kererū rehabilitated so they are ready for release back into the wild?
  • Where are rehabilitated kererū released and why is this location important?

Hoiho nest check

Join Cat in Otapahi Reserve on the Otago Peninsula to see how she completes a hoiho nest check.

  • What equipment does Cat use during her hoiho nest checks?
  • Why are these nest checks important?

Habitat for hoiho

Hoiho are endangered and their numbers are declining. Discover what is being done to improve the health of hoiho by restoring the health of their habitat.

  • What type of habitat do hoiho need to stay healthy?
  • How does improving hoiho habitat help other native species in this area?

Penguin Rehabilitation

Explore Penguin Place a privately owned reserve and tourist operation where hoiho from the Wildlife Hospital are rehabilitated before being released back into the wild.

  • How are penguins rehabilitated?
  • Saving native animals requires team work; what are some of the different jobs that people are doing to help save southern species in Ōtepoti Dunedin?

Taking action to help local wildlife

Take a look at the kororā nesting boxes out at Allans Beach and see how students have been monitoring this site as part of the nationwide Penguin Initiative project.

  • How are students monitoring these penguins and how do you think this information will help this species?
  • Visit the Penguin Initiative website and find out how you could help with this project.

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