West Coast Wildlife Centre
The West Coast Wildlife Centre is a kiwi house that opened in 2010 at Franz Josef, which now undertakes the entire Operation Nest Egg incubation for Okarito brown kiwi (aka rowi). The ONE programme takes eggs from the wild, incubates and rears the chicks in a captive situation, and then the young birds are released, the aim of the programme being reducing mortality of chicks from introduced mammalian predators. The centre is basically composed of four small display rooms, three of which are relating to kiwi (one of them is the nocturnal kiwi house itself, in which there is a restriction on photography so no photos will be posted here), and the fourth being the glacier room. There is also the incubation room for eggs but that was not in operation when I visited due to it being winter. Pictured here is a sign recounting a Maori legend about the kiwi. The taxidermy specimen to the left of the sign is a pukeko ([i]Porphyrio porphyrio melanotus[/i]). The other birds mentioned in the tale (such as the shining cuckoo and tui) also have taxidermied specimens nearby.