Rehabs in New Zealand
CWR since 2011
- How long have you been rehabilitating wildlife and what led you to become a wildlife rehabilitator?
I started some 37 years ago as I was going to save the world! I actually began to first volunteer at the Macdonald Raptor Centre, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, starting out helping in the office, and doing fund-raising. Then I was asked, since I seemed very interested in the rehab unit, if I’d like to work there. YES! And so it began.
- What is your favorite animal you work with?
Northern gannets, Virginia opossums, American crows, fishers, foxes, bats, do I have to choose?
- When did you know you wanted to work with wildlife?
I probably was about 4 years old. But in those days, females did not work with wildlife in NZ as they were only there to type and make tea! Plus I was a bit young! That feeling solidified as I got older and read Gerald Durrell’s books. That was it! I knew I needed to work with wildlife, that is where I am supposed to be!
- What is an animal you dream to work with?
Flying foxes. Any mega bat in fact.
- Do you work with other rehabbers or do you work independently?
I am the newish General Manager of NZ Bird Rescue Charitable Trust, based in Auckland, NZ. I have the very great pleasure of working with a rehab team in house and collaborating with a wonderful group of NZ rehabbers. I started working independently caring for song birds in my home, but rapidly realized that it was unsustainable and ultimately with three other wonderful women, formed Le Nichoir Wild Bird Centre in Hudson, Quebec.
- Do you work with all species, if no, which groups of animals do you concentrate on?
NZ avifauna, both native and non-native. The only native land mammals here are two bat species, sadly all other mammals are introduced and are creating huge ecological issues.
- Do you have any pets?
After years of sharing my life with dogs, my last darling boy, Monty, died over 3 years ago and since my life circumstances were not settled, I felt I could not bring a dog into the mix until settled again. Next dog (or two) will again be a yellow Labrador – maybe an older chap who just wants to be loved. We also have one last African Grey parrot, Sheena. She is 28 years old and lives in Canada.
- What are some of your hobbies?
Reading, birding, cooking. And of course sampling wines and whiskeys J
- Do you volunteer for other organizations?
Yes. I mostly am involved in computer based work for a couple of organizations including IWRC.
- If you could travel anywhere in the world specifically for wildlife sighting, where would you go?