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Celebrate Conservation Week at Rainbow Springs

Published: Thu 29 Aug 2013 02:01 PM
Celebrate Conservation Week at Rainbow Springs
Rotorua, 29 August 2013 - Rainbow Springs is celebrating Conservation Week with a raft of activities for all the family to enjoy.
Conservation Week runs from 8-15th September and each day of the week the premier wildlife park will offer up close and personal experiences with some of New Zealand's most iconic native species.
Experiences include watching baby tuatara being fed their breakfast by keepers and helping staff get the nocturnal kiwi up and about for the day. Or how about playing with the cheeky, endangered kea? These clever birds love to be entertained and visitors can join in by helping to make some fun toys to play with them.
Conservation Week is all about preserving precious New Zealand wildlife, and the workshop 'Natives in our Backyard' aims to teach visitors how to encourage native wildlife back into the home garden, through planting and making backyard feeders for birds. This workshop runs on Saturday 14 September from 2-3pm.
And if you’ve never experienced a kiwi up close, then this is your chance. Staff will take you behind the scenes at the Kiwi Encounter to learn more about the Kiwi Conservation programme, and give an adult kiwi a health check right before your eyes. www.rainbowsprings.co.nz/241/about-us/whats-on
Bookings are essential for all the Conservation Week encounters, and donations will go directly towards wildlife funds for kiwi, tuatara and kea at Rainbow Springs. Rain, hail or shine, this is the place to be to celebrate and learn more about preserving our precious wildlife.
Rainbow Springs Sales and Marketing Manager Michelle Caldwell says, "We’re really excited about all the activities planned for the week, and of course showing visitors our native species in their natural environment, it’s what we do best."
Rainbow Springs is an icon of NZ tourism, and has been open since 1932. Spread over 22 acres of Rotorua Parkland, Rainbow Springs is a conservation and breeding haven for endangered species like the Kiwi and tuatara. Features of the award winning tourist attraction include New Zealand’s only “open to view” Kiwi hatchery, and a range of wildlife including trout, tuatara and native birds.
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