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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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Latest update

Albatross watching during isolation  27 March 2020

Posted by: Otago Peninsula Trust

Kia ora albatross whanau and friends

How are you? We've been thinking about all our fans and supporters during this difficult time and hoping you are keeping safe and well.

We recommend a good dose of albatross watching to help get through the days - make sure you tune into the Royal Albatross webcam 'Royalcam'! The celebrity chick is doing well, despite the teenage parties and occasional feline visitor. There have been quite a few windy days so we've been seeing some wonderful inspiring flying.

Keep safe, well and happy xx

Sophie for the Royal Albatross Team

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  • Levaitai

    Levaitai on 31 May 2020

    $10

    mihi atu nga manu rangatira toroa

    $10

    • Otago Peninsula Trust

      Kia ora Levaitai :-) 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 no 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 Sophie from the Otago Peninsula Trust Team.

  • Carrie

    Carrie on 30 May 2020

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    • Otago Peninsula Trust

      Kia ora Carrie :-) 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 no 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 :-) Sophie from the Otago Peninsula Trust Team.

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    Guest Donor on 26 May 2020

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    • Otago Peninsula Trust

      Kia ora lovely Guest Donor :-) 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 no 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 :-) Sophie from the Otago Peninsula Trust Team.

  • Rita

    Rita on 25 May 2020

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    Am completely taken in by the enormous, graceful, gentle bird; and love the lessons we get from watching the videos from the cams, and collaborating with the online community through Disqus, Twitter and Facebook. I will always remember the Albatross. If only I could be a ranger for a day...<3 Thanks for all you do!

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    • Otago Peninsula Trust

      Kia ora Rita :-) Thank you so much for your beautiful donation. The Royalcam is such an amazing asset to share with albatross enthusiasts and a really lovely place to be isn't it! 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 no 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 :-) Sophie from the Otago Peninsula Trust Team.


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