Wildlife

The Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust works towards the conservation of endangered endemic bird, reptile and fish species.

imager2 Releasing South Island blue duck juveniles in Westland.

The Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust is a privately funded charitable Trust founded in 2009. The Trust carries on the work established by Lady Diana Isaac under The Isaac Wildlife Trust since 1977. The focus of the Trust's activities lies in the south-western section of The Isaac Conservation Park, within Peacock Springs, where former quarry pits have been repurposed to house purpose built aviaries and enclosures.

Specialised captive breeding is carried out to increase and secure population numbers of endangered and critically endangered species. Captive breeding with the aim of reintroduction into the wild is a last resort strategy that can be fundamental in stabilising or reversing declines.

The Trust works in conjunction with the Department of Conservation, species recovery groups, the Zoo and Aquarium Association and many other captive institutions. The Trust currently breeds the following species: black stilt, NZ shore plover, orange-fronted parakeet, blue duck, brown teal, South Island kaka, tuatara, grand skink, Otago skink and Canterbury mudfish. The Trust also breeds Cape Barren geese and mute swan for Ducks Unlimited New Zealand. In the past the Trust has held North Island brown kiwi, Campbell Island teal, yellow-crowned parakeet, red-crowned parakeet, takahe, kea, yellowhead and NZ wood pigeon.

The Trust has decades of animal husbandry and captive breeding experience, specialising in New Zealand species with a high threat status. The Trust is currently the only facility to breed orange-fronted parakeet globally, the only facility outside of the Department of Conservation to breed black stilt and NZ shore plover, and is a significant contributor in annual blue duck and brown teal releases. Wild collected eggs are also transferred to the Trust for various species. Eggs are artificially incubated, chicks reared and juveniles pre-conditioned, until release into the wild.

Peacock Springs is off limits to the general public due to the fragility of its inhabitants. The Trust created the Facebook page to provide a window to captive breeding activities, and to share conservation programmes with a wider audience.