Staff rehabilitation course

Massey University’s Wildbase Oil Response team conducted a training session for new Wildbase, Wellington zoo and Dwyertech staff in September 2014. All of these groups may be called upon should an oil spill occur in New Zealand.

The training session ran for two days and included lectures presented by the OWR team members and a practical session on washing feathers.

The first day included lectures addressing the effects of oil on wildlife, transportation, intake and stabilisation, cleaning and conditioning of oiled wildlife.

Day two lectures were on nutrition, functionality of an oiled wildlife facility, health and safety and the release of oiled wildlife. The practical session was conducted at New Zealand’s national stockpile of oiled wildlife response equipment, also known as the Wildbase Oil Response Depot (WORD). It was a great opportunity to set up the wash facility and wash some oiled feathers.   

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