Willowbank Wildlife Reserve is a wildlife park and nature reserve in
Christchurch, New Zealand.
As well as having public displays of various
animal species it also carries out conservation of native species including
tuatara, kiwi, brown teal, and duvaucel's gecko. Willowbank also holds the only
pair of takahē on display in the South Island of New Zealand outside a
Department of Conservation facility.
To visit Willowbank is to
participate in a story. Willowbank is not just a wildlife park with a collection
of exhibits - it is a holistic New Zealand wildlife experience.
conservation, culture and New Zealand cuisine Willowbank is your opportunity to
experience New Zealand's endangered wildlife in a natural setting.
story begins through 'Wild New Zealand'. It starts with the impact on a fragile
country of introduced species such as deer, wallabies, and a host of other
animals, birds and plants, many of whom have altered the landscape and biota
drastically. These lessons may have been hard and costly, but it is important
that we learn from them, and make the most of managing the resources that make
up our new but rich environment.