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Wildlife Hospital to celebrate official opening

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The Wildlife Hospital Dunedin will be officially opened by the Mayor of Dunedin, Dave Cull, on Friday 28 September.

Since opening in January and operating out of Otago Polytechnic’s School of Veterinary Nursing, the Wildlife Hospital has treated hundreds of injured birds, many of which carry a nationally critical, endangered or vulnerable status. This includes kakapo, kea, takahe, various kiwi and numerous penguins. lt recently admitted a rare kakÄ«, of which there are only 132 adults remaining in the wild.

Steve Walker, Chair of the Dunedin Wildlife Hospital Trust, thanked Otago Polytechnic for its ongoing support of the facility, which opened its doors on January 15.

"The Trust has a wonderful working relationship with Otago Polytechnic, something we truly appreciate and anticipate will strengthen as we continue to develop.

"The hospital has truly captured the public’s imagination and shown how much we all treasure and love our unique native species. "The hospital has taken in more than 300 patients since opening, which makes us busier than any other wildlife hospital in New Zealand."

Jo Brady, Otago Polytechnic Deputy Chief Executive, People, Performance and Development, says: "We are proud to support the Wildlife Hospital.

"It is essential that we can treat species that otherwise might not receive medical care so we preserve future generations of wildlife for our future generations."

The Wildlife Hospital will be officially opened by the Mayor of Dunedin, Dave Cull, at an invitation-only ceremony Dunedin School of Art, Riego St, on Friday 28 September (from 5.30pm-7.30pm).

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