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Help us raise funds to look after the Royal Albatross chicks to help them thrive in challenging conditions.

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We need your help to raise funds to support the Royal Albatross while they raise their chicks at Pukekura/Taiaroa Head.

This is the only Royal Albatross breeding colony on a mainland anywhere in the world - its a very special place!

Hot summers make it challenging for Royal Albatross to raise their chicks - we need donations to help purchase and upgrade equipment like irrigation hoses, egg incubators, squid to supplementary feed the chicks and water. All the water for the colony is bought and trucked in from miles away as there is no fresh water supply on the headland.

The funds we raise will go towards:

• the upgrade to the irrigation system (est $1,800)

• gear and hygiene supplies (e.g., blender and feeding equipment, candling equipment, scales, etc. est $1,200)

• fish for the year – while salmon is donated DOC have to purchase squid and the push to feed will be on soon so to have the funds to cover this cost for the season would be huge (est $1,000 for the season).

As well as albatross there are 20 other species of bird at Pukekura.

Pukekura albatrosses are unique in that their colony is the only place in the world where they can be viewed on a mainland.

• The Northern Royal Albatross is a taonga species, valued and admired by all New Zealanders and international visitors

- Albatross have one chick every two years, mating in September/October, eggs laid in October/November, chicks hatched January/February and raised until they fledge September/October. The parents then have a year off.

• Viewing royal albatrosses at Pukekura contributes to eco-tourism in Dunedin

• Chicks fledge in September and don't come back for 4-7 years.

Pukekura is an unmissable wildlife paradise. The headland is home to the korora (Little Blue Penguin) Colony, the Royal Albatross Colony, a seal colony and nine types of nesting birds with over 20 species spotted around the area.

Living at Pukekura:

Native/Endemic: Spotted Shag, Royal Spoonbill, Little Shag, NZ Fur Seal, Oystercatcher, Red-billed gull, Northern Royal Albatross, Black-backed Gull, Sooty Shearwater, Fantail, Stewart Island Shag, Little Blue Penguins, Paradise Shelduck, Oystercatcher, Welcome Swallow, Wax Eyes, Grey Warbler.

Introduced: Little Owl, Starlings, Blackbird, Hedge Sparrow, Skylark, Song Thrush

Visits Pukekura:

Australian Gannet, Giant Petrel, NZ White-capped Albatross, Bullers Mollymawk, Australasian Harrier, Yellow-eyed Penguin, White-faced Heron, White-fronted Tern, NZ Sea Lion, Elephant Seal.

Please donate and assist Otago Peninsula Trust, NZ's First Private Charitable Trust established in 1967, with it's projects to protect wildlife and heritage assets and share them with locals and their visitors.

More about us

Otago Peninsula Trust's mission is to 'Preserve and Enhance Otago Peninsula'. The trust is a guardian and careful custodian of Otago Peninsula wildlife and heritage assets which it manages to benefit the wider environment and community. The Trust operates the Royal Albatross Centre, Glenfalloch Woodland Garden, and has joint ventures with Blue Penguins Pukekura and Fletcher House. The trust works to provide education programmes for the next generation of environmental caretakers.


Latest update

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Hatching season underway  21 January 2019

Eggcitig times at the Royal Albatross Colony as the 39 fertile eggs of a record season begin to hatch!

Donations are so helpful to the DOC Rangers as they work hard to look after the eggs and chicks this summer. We're raising funds to help with the boom population as more nests need irrigation during the hot weather and chicks need supplementary feeding - this well help buy more squid when needed - let's hope we don't need it and theres plenty of great food for the albatross and their chicks. Hope you're enjoying the Royalcam - isn't a wonderful view of albatross life- we're all glued to it waiting for the Royalcam egg to hatch! We're expecting eggs to start hatching soon, so the DOC Rangers are working extra hard, last count 39 fertile eggs - a huge record!

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Latest donations

  • Carol Goodsole

    Carol Goodsole on 15 Jan 2020

    $15

    $15

    • Otago Peninsula Trust

      Kia ora Carol Thank you so much for your wonderful donation - great news today as the first chick for the season has just hatched! You're about the first to know : -) Lets all hope for a fantastic hatching season. Hope you've had a wonderful start to your new year. All the best Sophie :-) For Otago Peninsula Trust

  • Jane

    Jane on 31 Dec 2019

    $75

    We were enchanted with our recent visit to the Royal Albatross and Little Blue Penguin headland on December 9th. We are now home in the US watching the live streaming of the albatross nest with fascination. We are proud to support such a wonderful program protecting nature while making these animals available for viewing and educating the public.

    $75

    • Otago Peninsula Trust

      Kia ora Jane and Happy New Year :-) Thank you so very much for your very kind gift! Its wonderful you got to visit us and we're so pleased to hear from you! Your donation will be so helpful to the DOC Rangers as they work hard to look after the albatross and help them with their breeding success. We're raising funds to help the rangers with their work this season as it looks busy! 36 eggs have been laid for the 19/20 season. 28 chicks have were successfully fledged last September/October - a record year of which we're so proud. Lets hope for another fantastic season this time. Hope you're enjoying the live webcam, Royalcam - isn't a wonderful view of albatross life- we're all glued to it watching what happens with the world's most watchable royal family! Won't it be interesting to see the next star hatch?! All the best Sophie For the Royal Albatross Centre Team

  • Anna

    Anna on 22 Dec 2019

    $20

    Thank you all for everything you are doing. Season’s greetings to all.

    $20

    • Otago Peninsula Trust

      Kia ora Anna and Happy Festive Season :-) Thank you so very much for your very kind gift! Your donation will be so helpful to the DOC Rangers as they work hard to look after the albatross and help them with their breeding success. We're raising funds to help the rangers with their work this season as it looks busy! 36 eggs have been laid for the 19/20 season. 28 chicks have were successfully fledged last September/October - a record year of which we're so proud. Lets hope for another fantastic season this time. Hope you're enjoying the live webcam, Royalcam - isn't a wonderful view of albatross life- we're all glued to it watching what happens with the world's most watchable royal family! Won't it be interesting to see the next star hatch?! All the best Sophie For the Royal Albatross Centre Team

  • Circuly

    Circuly on 20 Dec 2019

    $192

    This is the first of many donations from Circuly! This money was raised through sales of Circuly Natural Cleaning Sponge Cloths to help with the great conservation works undertaken at teh Centre - Keep up the great work!

    $192

    • Otago Peninsula Trust

      Kia ora Cory We treasure your support and the Circuly cloths saving the environment - thanks so much for your amazing contribution to our work : -) Your donation will be so helpful to the DOC Rangers as they work hard to look after the albatross and help them with their breeding success. We're raising funds to help the rangers with their work this season as it looks busy! 36 eggs have been laid for the 19/20 season. 28 chicks have were successfully fledged last September/October - a record year of which we're so proud. Lets hope for another fantastic season this time. Hope you're enjoying the live webcam, Royalcam - isn't a wonderful view of albatross life- we're all glued to it watching what happens with the world's most watchable royal family! Won't it be interesting to see the next star hatch?! All the best Sophie For the Royal Albatross Centre Team

  • Michele

    Michele on 16 Dec 2019

    $100

    Bless all the Beautiful Albatross's past and future. Long may "ALL" our Journeys be safe , prosperous and happy.

    $100

    • Otago Peninsula Trust

      Kia ora Michele Happy Christmas : -) Thank you so very much for your very kind gift! Your donation will be so helpful to the DOC Rangers as they work hard to look after the albatross and help them with their breeding success. We're raising funds to help the rangers with their work this season as it looks busy! 36 eggs have been laid for the 19/20 season. 28 chicks have were successfully fledged last September/October - a record year of which we're so proud. Lets hope for another fantastic season this time. Hope you're enjoying the live webcam, Royalcam - isn't a wonderful view of albatross life- we're all glued to it watching what happens with the world's most watchable royal family! Won't it be interesting to see the next star hatch?! All the best Sophie For the Royal Albatross Centre Team


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