New Zealand’s National Wildlife Centre, Pukaha Mount Bruce, is a place where I could easily spend a few hours.
Perfect welcome ceremony at Pukaha Mount Bruce (not sure they do that every day though ;) )
While the Centre is famous among tourists for having a rare white kiwi – Manukura – it was the first place in New Zealand where I had the chance to see a kokako (after 3.5 years in the country).
Kokakos are native birds who have different songs (“dialects”) depending on where they live. They are extremely endangered; only 40 of them are living wild in the Pukaha forest!
Tuataras – “living fossils” that were already around during the age of the disonsaurs – are always nice to observe. Though I wasn’t 100% sure who was actually observing whom…
The main attraction at Pukaha Mount Bruce are the daily eel feeding sessions. Volunteers are very welcome!
Beside enjoying some gentle strokes, the Pukaha longfin eels want to be fed with a silver spoon.
Their diet: Veggies with bacon and a couple of mice for dessert. Yummi!
Beside nature reserves like Pukaha Mount Bruce, community driven projects for bird recovery and pest control are a popular method to protect New Zealand’s native tuataras and endangered bird species like kiwis and kokakos.
Listen to the sound of the video below to get an impression of how a New Zealand forest can sound like thanks to successful pest control management and animal protection. I’m loving it!
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