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Wildbase Research Centre supports research into the health and welfare of native New Zealand wildlife. This research is based on problems uncovered by Wildbase Hospital, Wildbase Hospital and Wildbase Oil Spill Response services. The teaching and research carried out by Wildbase is imperative for issues of fauna conservation, not only in New Zealand, but the rest of the world. All funds donated to the Wildbase Research Trust will be used to support postgraduate research.

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If you find a sick, injured or young animal



If you find a sick or injured bird here is what you can do:

Sick and injured birds need to see a vet. Before you act: Does it need help? Is it a baby bird waiting for parents? Is it on the ground? Are there obvious signs of distress or injury? Bleeding? Is the bird being harassed by people or animals?

If you feel the bird needs attention:

Any veterinary clinic has an obligation to receive ill and injured wild animals (at no cost to you), so you can simply take any bird to your local vet clinic (native or non-native).


The Department of Conservation has overarching responsibility for dealing with injured native animals throughout New Zealand. You can call the DOC hotline for further information on what steps to take.

In the Manawatu, Wildbase Hospital will take in all native species for triage and medical care. There is no fee for this service. Individuals who are successfully treated and deemed likely candidates for re-release back to the wild will be transferred to Wildbase Recovery for rehabilitation.

DOC Hotline  - 0800 362 468

Wildbase Hospital, Massey University - 06 350 5329


The SPCA accepts non-native species, however if able to do so, we recommend taking the bird to your local vet clinic for assessment.

SPCA Palmerston North - 06 357 2516

If you are unsure what species you are dealing with, try the online NZ Birds identification tool at http://nzbirdsonline.org.nz. If you are still unable to identify whether the species is native or non-native (baby birds are especially difficult), contact either Wildbase Hospital or the SPCA for advice on what to do next.


Call the Department of Conservation on 0800 362468 (0800 DOCHOT).

If you find a dead endangered or rare animal, Massey University’s Wildbase pathology team deal with post mortems of animals from all over New Zealand.