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 to ensure that all New Zealanders have access to their native wildlife, as many birds and animals are bred on offshore islands and are therefore inaccessible to most.
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 with a threat level rating from one to seven, one being the most critical. This rating is in line with international standards. The threat level then has a qualifier related to it, which provides additional information.
Captive Breeding Programs at Staglands
Blue Duck (Whio)
The Blue Duck has a category two threat level rating – this means it is “Nationally Endangered”. The qualifier is level eight which indicates “Human Induced”
The Brown Teal has a category two threat level rating – “Nationally Endangered“
The native falcon has a category three threat level rating – this means it is “Nationally Vulnerable“
The Kea has a category two threat level rating – “Nationally Endangered“
North Island Kaka
The North island Kaka has a category two threat level rating – “Nationally Endangered “, also with a qualifier of eight – “Human Induced”