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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


baby birds

There are lots of baby birds around in spring and summer. They stay on the ground after leaving the nest, before they can fly. The parents still feed them, so if you find a baby bird, don’t pick it up because the parents won’t be far away.

wildbase-how-you-can-help.jpg If a nest falls out of a tree, it can be placed back in. If a baby has fallen out of the nest put it back in, but keep an eye on it as it may fall out again.

injured birds

If the wings are injured, they may be dropped (hanging lower than normal). If the legs are injured, the bird may limp. If you find an injured bird, put it in a box with a towel on the bottom. Keep it away from noise and take it to a vet clinic. 

Your cat has caught a bird

Cat teeth and claws can infect birds and make them sick. The bird will need antibiotics, so take it to your local vet clinic. Unfortunately, some birds don’t survive because of the stress and sickness caused by the cat attack.

A bird has hit a window

If a bird has hit your window, it may just need some rest before flying away again. Pick it up, put it in a box lined with a towel, and place it somewhere quiet and dark. It may be able to be released after an hour or so, but check first that it does not have dropped wings or is very quiet or sleepy. This may indicate it has broken some bones or has other injuries, in which case you should take it to your local vet.

Kereru often fly into windows and as a result we see a lot of kereru each year with issues with the coracoid bone. There is a simple solution - window stickers! Not even ugly ones either - see the Project Kereru website.


Call the Department of Conservation on 0800 362468 (0800 DOCHOT). Be careful when catching wildlife; animals may bite and have sharp claws.

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

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