Kaikōura Wildlife Hospital

$10,870 donated
Given by 88 generous donors in over a year

Creating a world-class wildlife hospital for the rehabilitation of injured and ill native birds, with a focus on threatened species.


Kaikōura Wildlife Rescue was managed as a non-profit by wildlife biologist Sabrina Luecht for the past five years, treating hundreds of ill and injured native birds per year, primarily consisting of threatened seabirds.

A shift in direction is currently underway to facilitate a long-term solution for Kaikōura's wildlife and community. The Kaikōura Wildlife Centre Trust has been established to manage the Kaikōura Wildlife Hospital project, to realise the vision of a world-class wildlife hospital in the Kaikōura district. This exciting initiative will require significant fundraising to achieve and will be completed in stages.

Kaikōura is a biodiversity hotspot, marine mecca, and the seabird capital of New Zealand. The multi-disciplinary centre will be of national importance - dedicated to the rescue, treatment and rehabilitation of injured and ill wildlife for return to the wild.

The wildlife hospital unit will treat injured and ill wildlife behind the scenes, while recovering patients will be housed on site in pre-release aviaries, and non-releasable advocacy birds will be on display, alongside an education and visitor centre.

The project relies on donors and sponsors to help raise funds. We thank you for your support in helping us achieve this vision ♡



Use of funds

Donations assist with ongoing wildlife rehabilitation costs, to assist injured and ill wildlife patients that receive treatment. Thank you for making a difference in the seabird capital of the world.

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Latest donations

Lyn on 23 Nov 2021
We need to support the people of Kaikoura who are working for the recognition and protection of all wildlife in the area.
Wako on 09 Nov 2021
I work as a DOC ranger to restore the nature for birds but I'm not a vet and I can't treat the injured. Thank you for saving our precious birds.
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Guest Donor on 29 Oct 2021
Janice on 27 Oct 2021
Such a wonderful area for birdlife but so, so many challenges to their survival.
Sue on 19 Oct 2021
Thanks for your hard work

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