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IDC Feature: Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust

Rotokare Scenic Reserve is a regionally significant natural asset and is actively ensuring the survival of species for future generations. The trust and its volunteers are successfully working on creating a pest-free sanctuary that allows rare and nationally vulnerable native species to thrive.

Monday 7th September 2020

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Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust was formed in 2008 to progress the ecological restoration of Rotokare Scenic Reserve in eastern Taranaki. Since then, the trust and the community has succeeded in creating a pest-free sanctuary that allows rare and nationally vulnerable native species to thrive.

The 240ha site includes a 17ha lake and wetland, and the entire catchment is surrounded by a 8.4km predator-proof fence.

The Trust mission - 'Rotokare is a thriving natural ecosystem benefitting and inspiring all communities'.

Ecological restoration at Rotokare Sanctuary has included the return of popokatea, tieke, hihi, toutouwai, titipounamu, pāteke and kiwi (with partners Taranaki Kiwi Trust). Welfare and breeding at Rotokare Sanctuary has been so successful that kiwi and fernbirds have been exported out of the sanctuary to populate other predator-safe sites.

A full-time educator provides ecological education to students of all ages from around Taranaki. Night tours are particularly popular, where there people get to see the sanctuary's nocturnal creatures and there is every chance that you will hear and even see kiwi.

The sanctuary is free to enter, and responsible overnight camping is welcome.

Rotokare Scenic Reserve is a regionally significant natural asset and is actively ensuring the survival of species for future generations.

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Infoodle enables us to communicate effectively with all our stakeholders - volunteers, funders, staff, supporters and our community allowing us to spend more time doing "boots-on" work in the sanctuary.

Images and text featured this post have been kindly provided by Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust.

To learn more about Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust or get in touch with them, visit their website.