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Help us look after precious Royal Albatross chicks you love and help them thrive. Keep Royal Albatross Centre open; Support wildlife care

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Help us fly into the Future...

We need your help to support the Royal Albatross while they raise their chicks at Pukekura/Taiaroa Head - the only Royal Albatross breeding colony on a mainland anywhere in the world - its a very special place!

Help keep the Royal Albatross Centre open to inspire the next generation of conservationists; invest now to assist albatross to thrive.

For over 50 years we've shared the awe of seeing charismatic breeding royal albatross at the world's only mainland colony. We've hosted many thousands of visitors, sharing our love of albatross, their struggles, successes and financially helped albatross survival. We've excited generations of school children with our education programmes, our team have volunteered to assist DOC Rangers to care for albatross, we've patrolled for predators and fundraised to buy supplies and equipment for albatross nurturing. We've helped the albatross colony grow from a few chicks to a thriving successful colony with an increasing amount of beautiful majestic albatross chicks fledging their way out into our world.

Now, with the effects of Covid 19, we've lost our major source of income, our visitors. The funds we raised through giving tours, hosting visitors in our cafe and selling gifts has plummeted. This means our ability to raise funds and help with albatross care and education is limited. We're committed to staying open and sharing albatross with visitors - but we need your help!

Please help us by donating to our nest egg. This will help us support Royal Albatross care by assisting us to keep our centre open, to host visitors on tours and raise funds to support DOC with their albatross care. We'll be able to continue our critical work on albatross promotion; inspiring people to care about wildlife and our environment making a difference to albatross survival.

The Royal Albatross Centre is a not-for profit organisation under the Otago Peninsula Trust which has been protecting and conserving wildlife including the Northern Royal Albatross for over 50 years. We are home to Royal Albatross, Little Blue Penguins, The endangered Red-billed gull and many more species. We also help facilitate, education programmes to schools, conservation research and even have our own penguinologist doing amazing research! We are home to approximately 250 albatross and 20 other species. We proudly promote Dunedin as "The Wildlife Capital of New Zealand" , encouraging people to visit and learn at the Seabird Centre with its iconic Royal Family.

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'. A guardian and careful custodian of wildlife and heritage to benefit the wider environment and community.

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Happy World Albatross Day!  22 June 2020

Posted by: Otago Peninsula Trust

Kia ora and thanks kind donors.

World Albatross Day was a fantastic success for raising awareness and advocacy for the albatross. Did you know New Zealand is the albatross capital of the world with 17 of the 22 albatross species in its waters.

A key part of our work is education, with free entry to our Royal Albatross Centre. Thanks so much for helping us keep this work going!

All the best

Sophie

for the Royal Albatross Centre Team

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Jennifer
Jennifer 10 hours ago
Our Auckland family began watching the RoyalCam in April. Seeing the colony on a screen was good but we really wanted to see the albatross in real life. We visited RAC in July school holidays. A wonderful experience for adults and children alike, we didn't want to leave. Watching the parents' loving care of their chick has been a privilege and a joy. Our thanks to the DOC Rangers and everyone at the Centre.
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Carol Goodsole
Carol Goodsole 5 days ago
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Guest Donor on 07 Sep 2020
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Otago Peninsula Trust

Kia ora Guest donor, Thanks so much for your ongoing support! Sending you warmest thoughts and an albatross hug xx Thank you so much for your beautiful donation. We so love and appreciate our supporters at this difficult time - its humbling to receive your generous support. The Royal Albatross Centre relies on visitors to raise funds to help albatross support - currently just a few visitors are coming! Your kind gift is so much treasured. Hope you keep enjoying the Royalcam and the inspiring lives of Dunedin's own royal family, All the best :-) Nga mihi Chris McCormack from the Otago Peninsula Trust Team.

Otago Peninsula Trust
Lois
Lois on 04 Sep 2020
Thanks for all the work you do. Have been following via Webcam since Moana! Never miss a day!.... means a lot to a someone on poor health.!
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Otago Peninsula Trust

Kia ora Lois, Thanks so much for your ongoing support! Sending you warmest thoughts and an albatross hug xx Thank you so much for your beautiful donation. We so love and appreciate our supporters at this difficult time - its humbling to receive your generous support. The Royal Albatross Centre relies on visitors to raise funds to help albatross support - currently just a few visitors are coming! Your kind gift is so much treasured. Hope you keep enjoying the Royalcam and the inspiring lives of Dunedin's own royal family, All the best :-) Nga mihi Chris McCormack from the Otago Peninsula Trust Team.

Otago Peninsula Trust
Circuly Sponge Cloths
Circuly Sponge Cloths on 04 Sep 2020
Another donation from the Circuly sponge cloths, keep up the great work!
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Otago Peninsula Trust

Kia Ora Circuly! We love you!!! Thanks so much for your wonderful donation and for all the work you do for our environment. Its fantastic to see Circuly cloths are selling so well and we so appreciate your support of our work. All the best xx The Royal Albatross Centre Team

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