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History of Zealandia (Karori Sanctuary Trust)

The establishment of Zealandia (Karori Sanctuary) was one of the most significant breakthroughs in New Zealand’s conservation movement.

Our achievements in urban ecological restoration; the eradication of invasive species; and the recovery of endangered native wildlife exceeded all expectations in its first ten years. We are recognised as the pioneer of a technology (fence plus multi-species eradication) that has provided a major breakthrough in feasible options for the recovery of native wildlife and ecosystems on the New Zealand mainland. 14 fenced sanctuaries, including 3360ha Maungatautari Ecological Island, have been established using technology pioneered at Karori. We have actively advised on similar projects being established in Australia & Japan, and fielded enquiries from Guam, Mauritius, Hawaii, and the Galapagos.

In the space of just 15 years, this has become one of the best places in New Zealand to experience native wildlife in their natural environment, providing invaluable opportunities for all New Zealanders and visitors to learn about, experience and appreciate the natural heritage of New Zealand, and helping to influence their behaviour in their own environment.

For further information see our website.