The Nest Te Kōhanga
Since Wellington Zoo’s The Nest Te Kōhanga opened at the end of 2009, we have treated over a thousand sick or injured wildlife patients. Over these five years we have treated an average of 38 Kereru per year, and in 2013 the number was as high as 59.
The most common injuries that we see in Kereru are broken bones in their wings or shoulder girdle. Many of these injuries are likely to be the result of the bird suffering collisions with objects such as windows and cars. Other Kereru come in with injuries inflicted by a dog or cat, and some with heavy parasite burdens or infections.
Once admitted, an injured Kereru will often have blood tests taken, and x-rays done to examine internal organs and bones. Following these diagnostic tests an appropriate treatment plan is developed by our team. While in hospital Kereru are fed a special Kereru mix of fruits and vegetables specifically designed for their nutritional needs.
Wildlife patients will spend anywhere from a few days to a few weeks in hospital while they recover from their injuries or illness. Once healed, birds may spend some time rehabilitating and building up their strength again in large flight aviaries before being released into the wild.
If you find an injured Kereru in your area, please call the DOC emergency hotline 0800 362 468 for advice in the first instance.
Read more about The Nest Te Kōhanga here: wellingtonzoo.com