Pukaha News

Manukura the rare white kiwi is back at Pukaha, watch this space as there could be further vet visits.

Manukura, the rare white kiwi returned to Pukaha Mount Bruce on Friday May the 4th. Manukura had been at Wildbase recovery hospital since February after being diagnosed with a beak infection that had then entered her blood stream. Although there is no sign of the infection in any recent test, Manukura is still in recovery mode. At the moment she can be seen in the nocturnal kiwi house aviary at Pukaha Mount Bruce. There may be times Manukura will have to be away for on-going vet visits or small breaks from the nocturnal house aviary while she recovers.

Pukaha Mount Bruce Annual Fundraiser nets record amount

Pukaha Mount Bruce is thrilled to announce it has broken all records and hosted its most successful fundraising dinner - ‘LOVE PUKAHA’.  Over 250 tickets were sold to the annual event which was established to raise funds for Pukaha’s forest restoration programme. This year’s event raised $18,600 – a record sum since its inception.

Manukura the rare white kiwi can't attend her own birthday.

White kiwi Manukura, who made headlines around the world when she hatched at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre in 2011, will turn seven years old on Tuesday, May 1st.

Unfortunately, she will miss her birthday celebrations as she is unwell and being treated at Massey University’s Wildbase Hospital.

Pukaha's annual fundraiser-LOVE PUKAHA-Get's bugged!

Ruud Kleinpaste - a.k.a – “The Bug Man” will be “BUGGIN” Pukaha Mount Bruce over the school holidays in April.

On Friday and Saturday, April 20th and 21st Pukaha Mount Bruce gets “Bugged” by the world famous, Ruud Kleinpaste- a.k.a- The Bug Man.

Ruud is best known for his television and radio shows, including Newstalk ZB’s ‘Ruud’s Awakening’ that was a popular radio talk-back program for more than 27 years.
Ruud’s television highlights include Maggie’s Gardening Show, What Now? and Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel series –‘Buggin’ with Ruud’.

Paintings at Pukaha- Returns for a milestone-It's 5th year.

5th annual New Zealand Flora and Fauna art exhibition - Paintings at Pukaha, marks a milestone for annual fundraiser.

36 well-known local artists have created an exhibition of native flora, fauna and wildlife which will be on display at Pukaha Mount Bruce from March 30th until the end of July 2018.

Manukura gets a new boyfriend- Introducing Frickleton

Pukaha has welcomed Frickleton. This handsome male kiwi has joined the Pukaha team from Willow Bank Wildlife Reserve to be a potential mate for the rare white kiwi at Pukaha, Manukura. You can see him in the kiwi house and hear all about him at our 12 pm daily kiwi talk. Frickleton's arrival does mean Manukura is away at Wildbase Wildlife hospital. As we are hopeful these two become a breeding pair it is vital we let Frickleton settle into the aviary and make it his space.

Kiwi eggs in the nursery at Pukaha Mount Bruce look set to produce a New Year’s chick.

 

 Pukaha Mount Bruce staff received a super Christmas present, two kiwi eggs from the Rimutaka forest park trust arrived late last week. One of the eggs has just started the hatching process with an internal pip in the egg. This kiwi egg looks set to hatch just in time for the New Year.

The eggs are now in incubators in the kiwi house nursery where Pukaha staff will carefully turn them every 4 hours until they hatch.

Takahē pair at Pukaha Mount Bruce will give breeding another go.

The rangers at Pukaha Mount Bruce, National Wildlife Centre were disappointed to discover that the takahē eggs laid last month will not be producing any takahē chicks. Resident pair, Natural and Fomi have been sitting on what was believed to be one egg. The egg was discovered in October by a Pukaha ranger. The discovery of the egg, marked the first time there had been a takahē egg laid at the centre for over 20 years.

First takahē egg at Pukaha for over 20 years.

The rangers at Pukaha Mount Bruce, National Wildlife Centre were delighted to discover that the resident takahē couple, Natural and Fomi are sitting on an egg. The egg was discovered on Saturday by Pukaha ranger, Tara Swan. The discovery of the egg, marks the first time there has been a takahē egg laid at the centre for over 20 years.

Pukaha receives ZAA Welfare Accreditation

Pukaha Mount Bruce has been recognized for meeting positive animal welfare outcomes.  Recently assessed by the Zoo and Aquarium Association’s (ZAA) Accreditation Program, Pukaha has successfully achieved Accreditation.  

The Zoo and Aquarium (ZAA) Accreditation Program has lifted the bar for animal welfare standards, and is for all ZAA member zoos and aquariums.  With a positive animal welfare focus, the new Accreditation Program is a world first for the zoo industry.