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ShareWe all look forward to our Christmas work functions, and after this past year we certainly deserve a little fun and relaxation.  Willowbank is a great option for a light-hearted end-of-year bash.  With beautiful surroundings, top kiwi cuisine and plenty … Continue reading

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ShareLast September, Willowbank Wildlife Reserve acquired two rare takahe from a Department of Conservation (DoC) rearing unit in Southland.  The pair, named Hamilton (a male) and Guy (a female), were sent to Willowbank to retire after years of fostering chicks … Continue reading

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ShareFurther Update: Entry for children to Willowbank is free until all schools are back. Adult entry is $25 pp. Up to five children per one adult. At Willowbank, we too were shaken up by the earthquake. But the animals and … Continue reading

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Share12 year old James Natta (of Hornby) received a call from Willowbank Wildlife Reserve on the 1st February to inform him that he was the winner of the “Big Five” competition held at Willowbank from the 1 December 2010 to … Continue reading

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ShareThere’s a new school of thought around the way we eat that’s getting a lot of attention around the world these days.  It’s called the Slow Food Movement.  Slow Food is about the connection between food and culture and encourages … Continue reading

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ShareHere at Willowbank, we love kids.  We do, however, understand that it can be difficult to keep your kids busy and entertained, especially near the end of the summer holidays.  Looking for something to fill the last long afternoons of … Continue reading

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ShareStephanie Reid and Ben Rushgrove (2 Great Britain Paralympic Athletes competing here in Christchurch for the IPC World Championships) will be filmed here today by Boomerang Television (based in Cardiff) for a UK Network TV show ‘That Paralympic Show’ which … Continue reading

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ShareThe hugely popular Junior Keeper Programme which has been running at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve for many years, only at school holiday time, is once again almost fully booked, with a few places remaining for those young ones who would like … Continue reading

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ShareA Santa sack filled to overflowing this Christmas greeted Zach Hedgecock of Willowbank Wildlife Reserve this Christmas morning…however not with the usual gifts from Santa as to be expected by a young 5 year old…instead the cheeky little face of … Continue reading

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Share510 kg of New Zealand King Salmon has been delivered to Willowbank Wildlife Reserve – a Christmas feast for the otters – and the salmon is the size of the otters (in length!)  A Willowbank Zoo Keeper (Mark Wallader) in … Continue reading

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