Support Zealandia to keep Wellington’s wildlife flourishing

$44,802 donated
Given by 659 generous donors in 12 weeks

The birdlife you love needs your support to keep it protected and thriving during the COVID-19 crisis.


Over the past 25 years Zealandia has transformed Wellington’s birdlife from virtual silence to a symphony of tuī, kākā and pīwakawaka/fantails. Your urgent support is needed to continue Zealandia’s work and protect Wellington’s wildlife.

Right now, Zealandia faces unprecedented challenges. Most of the revenue that keeps the sanctuary running comes from visitors and supporters, and COVID-19 stopped international and local visitors almost overnight.

Even when there are no visitors, the vital work of maintaining a sanctuary continues. The predator-proof fence that keeps out rats and other pests must be checked and maintained, the wildlife protected and fed, conservation and education programmes continued.

You can help. Every dollar you give goes directly to the conservation and welfare of New Zealand’s most valuable taonga – our wildlife.

Wellingtonians have been thrilled by the incredible backyard birdlife that has brought daily joy to our lockdown lives. Much of that birdlife simply would not be here without Zealandia. Zealandia’s 225 hectare fenced sanctuary and skilled team of conservation professionals provide a safe and nourishing environment for some of our most threatened native species.

By making a gift at this difficult time you are directly contributing to a nature-rich world where people value and cherish the wildlife around them.

Nature never stops, and neither do Zealandia’s committed team. Please, help by donating now.

About us

ZEALANDIA (Karori Sanctuary Trust) is a not-for-profit community-led organisation. The Trust’s official vision is to be a world-class conservation site portraying our natural heritage that captures people’s imagination, understanding and commitment.

Use of funds

Every dollar donated to Zealandia goes directly to the conservation and welfare of New Zealand’s most valuable taonga – our wildlife.

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A huge thank you from our CEO Paul Atkins  29 May 2020

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated either through our Givealittle or direct to Zealandia. Every dollar you've given goes towards our critical conservation and advocacy work, and we are enormously grateful to all of you. Nga mihi nui.

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You do so much for our taonga, keep up the great mahi.
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