Wildbase Recovery Project

The Wildbase Recovery Project was a Rotary initiated project completed in 2017. The purpose-built facility for New Zealand’s most endangered wildlife was established through a unique collaboration, utilising locally-based specialist veterinary expertise from Massey University and hosted by Palmerston North City Council. The project was actively supported by Rangitane Iwi and the New Zealand Department of Conservation.

Wildbase Recovery Community Trust, which was overseen by Rotary, was a Charitable Trust tasked with raising $5.69m to complete the Recovery project.

The money was raised through New Zealand Lottery grants and the local Trust.

The facility is now known as Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery and is owned by the Palmerston North City Council and co-managed by Massey University’s Veterinary School. Several Rotary clubs in District 9940 are sponsors and supporters of the facility, which is located on Victoria Esplanade, Palmerston North. The entry to this amazing centre is free. Visitors can see native species recovering after treatment in the Wildbase Hospital, as well as the usual resident animals.