Wildbase Oil Response

Wildbase Oil Response works to minimise the damaging effects of oil pollution on wildlife. We undertake the care, rehabilitation and release of animals after a marine oil spill. We also provide training internationally in wildlife oil spill response and management.

We operate in New Zealand under contract to Maritime New Zealand and also work on oil responses internationally. Our experience includes working with Maritime New Zealand to lead the response to the Rena oil spill in 2011.


As a world leader in higher education, Massey University provides a research-led approach to learning. Delivered by highly experienced educators, Wildbase offers training in all aspects of oiled wildlife response. 


During an oiled wildlife response we work to respond safely, effectively and humanely to return oil-affected wildlife to full health and then released as contributing members of wild populations.

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Wildbase have led New Zealand’s oiled wildlife capability in partnership with Maritime New Zealand since 1998. We are the coordinators of the National Oiled Wildlife Response Team. Through this collaboration, New Zealand has one of the world’s leading oiled wildlife response capabilities.


Massey University is at the forefront of oiled wildlife research. Wildbase is actively engaged in collaborative and in-house research to advance knowledge of best practice in the treatment and management of oiled wildlife. 


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Wildbase is based on Massey University's Manawatu campus in Palmerston North, New Zealand. 

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