Native New Zealand whio and ducklings - Staglands Wildlife Park conservation programNative brown teal

Conservation at Staglands

Staglands Wildlife Reserve plays a big part in conservation work with its captive breeding programs.

One of the overall aims of Staglands is advocacy - by ensuring that all New Zealanders have access to their native wildlife, in as natural surroundings as possible.

By creating an interactive, memorable experience, our wildlife park hopes to inspire visitors to become more involved with the environment. The Reserve is home to several important native species and liaison with the Department of Conservation ensures their long term survival.

Certain wildlife reserves, zoos and individuals around New Zealand are permitted by the Department of Conservation to hold native birds and animals as part of Captive Breeding Programs.

The aim of these programs is to provide:
  • Animals for release to the wild
  • An “insurance” in case of a sudden decline of wild populations
  • Animals for education and display to increase public appreciation and support for species conservation
  • Develop and document husbandry techniques for the survival of the species

Endangered species are categorised by DOC using international standards of threat ratings from one to eight, with one being the most critical. 

Captive Breeding Programs at Staglands

Blue Duck (Whio)
The Blue Duck is Nationally Vulnerable. 

Brown Teal (Pateke)
The Brown Teal is At Risk (Recovering). 

The Kea also has a category two level threat rating which means it is "Nationally Endangered". 

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