Main image

Sponsor a kea needing treatment for lead poisoning!

$3,247 donated

Given by 48 generous donors in over a year

Share   Donate

Kea are dying of lead poisoning. Sponsor a sick kea today and be part of the team helping our kea survive!

Main image

Kea are dying of lead poisoning. Lead is a toxic heavy metal which is present across the South Island in the form of lead shot, lead wheel weights, paint, roof flashings and nail heads in many buildings built prior to the 1990’s. Lead has been found throughout our National Parks, at our ski fields, alpine villages, coastal white bait areas, high country sheep stations, car parks and old gold mine areas.

As a heavy metal, lead accumulates within kea over time and causes neurological and physiological damage. The good news is that kea can be successfully treated and lead removed from their system if caught in time.

Chelation therapy is the process by which this is carried out and depending on initial blood lead levels can take between 5 and 20 days. Treatment involves removing lead from the soft tissue and bones using Calcium EDTA (which binds the lead and allows it to be excreted), flushing any lead particles from the gastrointestinal tract to prevent further absorption and provision of supportive care during this process and between treatments. This is an extremely time consuming and expensive process requiring commitment from wildlife veterinary specialists and rehabilitation facilities.

Wildlife vets and rehabilitation centres around the South Island have stepped up to help kea get the treatment and care they need, but our carers now need your help to help them cover their costs to ensure no kea goes untreated.

To find out about which kea need your help please visit our website page Please enter the keas ID (found at the link above) when you make your donation otherwise funds will be used to help those kea in most need.

About us

Working with communities and other organisations to save kea, supporting communities to reduce conflict situations, developing education material and programmes to highlight threats facing the species, researching population status and productivity through annual surveys and nest monitoring, protecting nests throughout the breeding season and providing opportunities for others to get involved.

Use of funds

Supporting our wildlife and rehab experts treat lead poisoned kea through provision of life saving medical supplies and ongoing food costs.

Other page links

Latest update

Update image

Lead Free Kea Update  19 July 2019

With your help, we have been able to blood lead test over 50 kea in the past year ( at Arthur's Pass, Manapouri, Milford Rd, Kepler Track and Franz Josef to Okarito on the West Coast). This has enabled us to identify lead 'hotspots' for community clean up and also individual kea which require urgent treatment. Half a dozen of these birds have now been treated in the past year by our Wildlife Hospital partners (Dunedin and Christchurch) and returned to the wild. It is clear this issue is extensive, impacting on kea right across the South Island and as such it is vitally important we continue this work to ensure kea become lead free! Help us make this a reality!

Latest donations

  • Vicki

    Vicki 23 hours ago



  • Angus

    Angus on 30 Sep 2019



  • Anthony

    Anthony on 27 Sep 2019


    A truly wonderful gesture


  • Ed

    Ed on 22 Sep 2019


    Just adding in some $$$ raised from selling a couple of Sharlotte's jackets.


  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 19 Sep 2019



Who's involved?

Kea Conservation Trust's avatar
Created by, and paying to a verified bank account of, Kea Conservation Trust (Charity)

Registered Charity A Registered Charity has legal recognition under the Charities Act 2005.
Tax credit Donations of over $5 are eligible for a New Zealand charitable giving tax credit.
Page Moderated The page has been checked by our team to make sure it complies with our terms and conditions.

Fundraisers supporting us

You can start a fundraiser to have your own page that raises money directly for the beneficiary.

Our other pages

Got a question for the page owner?

Ask one here

Any concerns?

Report this page
This page was created on 18 Jun 2018 and closes on 31 Dec 2019.
$3,247 donated

Given by 48 generous donors in over a year

  Donate Fundraise Share
Share a link to this page to help spread the word




  Copy Link