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Wildbase Hospital is New Zealand’s only dedicated wildlife hospital. We provide medical and surgical care and rehabilitation to sick and injured native animals so they can be returned to the wild.
We treat some of the most vulnerable wildlife on the planet. Our patients are rare and endangered native birds, reptiles and mammals from all over New Zealand. Wildbase Hospital is at the forefront of veterinary care of New Zealand’s native birds, half of which are classified as threatened or endangered. We are contributing significantly to the conservation of these unique species; for example, of the 230 takahē left in the world, 28 have been through the hospital. We treat up to 30 kiwi each year, with an 80 percent survival rate.
The hospital is staffed by specialist academic vets from Massey University’s School of Veterinary Science. Wildbase Hospital works closely with the Department of Conservation, Maritime New Zealand and local wildlife rehabilitators. We provide a nationwide service.
The hospital is also a respected teaching and research facility, and it provides hands-on training in wildlife medicine for final-year Massey University veterinary students.
For information see what to do if you find an injured animal.
For examples of cases we have worked on, see our wildlife casebook.
Shell New Zealand is proud to be a Gold Conservation Partner of Wildbase Hospital.
If you require more information please contact us.
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Last updated on Tuesday 20 February 2018