Posted by: Kate | August 31, 2009

Island Road Trip, Part 1

Last week we took a road trip down island, both for visiting and for business (husband had a work conference to attend). We planned a number of sight seeing stops, as well as visits with friends.

Our first stop on the drive down was the North Island Wildlife Recovery and Education Centre in Errington (behind Coombs). What a fabulous place to visit! The displays are excellent, the purpose of the facility is clear, and there is a great message of stewardship. Bush Boy had been here on a field trip earlier in the spring, so he was a great tour guide.

Looking at the animals in the live displays. These animals cannot be released due to injury or dependence on humans.

Looking at the animals in the live displays. These animals cannot be released due to injury or dependence on humans.

All the animals on display have been injured or in some other way could not survive in the wild. The animals at the centre that are being rehabilitated can only be viewed through windows or by closed-circuit tv (there were four bear cubs we could view this way) so to minimize the impact on the animals.

Both these bald eagles had permanent damage to their wings, from gun shots.

Both these bald eagles had permanent damage to their wings, from gun shots. This is just a small portion of the enclosure.

The grounds were clean and well-kept. All the animals had large enclosures, with plenty of structures as well as areas to avoid contact with outside viewers. There were also nature trails and a pond, all with great signage explaining what things were and why they were important.

A bit of fun!

A bit of fun!

I highly recommend the centre to anyone interested in animals. There are excellent educational displays inside as well as the live animals outside. I was well pleased with the $13 it cost for the three of us.

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  1. That is SO COOL! I didn’t even know it was there!

  2. looks like your son is having fun!! are you still on shcool holidays there?


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