page is a record of our visit to the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary. This is
a fenced off area located within Wellington City which has been
designed to keep predators out. The valley was sealed in 1995,
following which all of the wildlife within the valley was
systematically killed by poison or by shotgun. Once the valley was
cleared of predators, and all other animals, the vegetation was begun
to be restored to how it would have looked before the Maori arrived.
This process will take 500 years. In about 2000, the valley had been
stabilised and the team at the Sanctuary began to reintroduce rare bird
and animal species which had been extinct to the Kiwi mainland,
sometimes for up to 100 years. These included such rare species as the
Saddleback, Kaka and Little Spotted Kiwi.
find out more about the sanctuary, visit their website here
leaving the Sanctuary, we ventured across the other side of the city to
a live music festival celebrating Bob Marley's birthday. See the link
below to see some pictures of the festival.