Breeding for Release
Breeding of native species including Yellow Crowned Käkäriki (2014) and Giant Weta (2013) in captivity began on Tui Nature Reserve.
Käkäriki from the programme have been released at Project Janszoon in Abel Tasman National Park and Giant Weta on Puangiangi Island in the Marlborough Sounds.
Now, the breeding programme has shifted from its isolated base to Koru Native Wildlife Centre in Linkwater.
In 2018 the Trust opened Koru Native Wildlife Centre with our major sponsor New Zealand King Salmon LTD, and also financial input of the Lottery Grants Board and Rata Foundation. The Trust believes public education and engagement with conservation is key to ensuring the survival of New Zealand’s many rare and endangered species and their habitats. By being more accessible to the public, it is hoped Koru Native Wildlife Centre can contribute more effectively to that education in a fun, and interesting way.