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North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre

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Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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We had a bear-y good time

We absolutely loved spending a couple of hours here. A great opportunity to see some taxidermy... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
hadeleoo
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Hobart, Australia
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A great place for kids!

We visited the rescue centre just a few days ago - and the kids are still talking about how... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Joshua H
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Vancouver, Canada
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The North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre is located in a park-like setting with a peaceful rustic atmosphere. When visiting the centre you will be able to view eagles, several species of owls, falcons, hawks, ravens, and black bears. Rehabilitating...more
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1240 Leffler Road, Errington, British Columbia V0R 1V0, Canada
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We absolutely loved spending a couple of hours here. A great opportunity to see some taxidermy models of the local species, as well as get up close and personal with some animals including hawks, turkeys, and bears! The entry price is extremely reasonable so I...More

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank hadeleoo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the rescue centre just a few days ago - and the kids are still talking about how adorable the animals are! They loved seeing all the different animals in their enclosures, especially the silly turkey! We liked that the animals had a nice...More

Date of experience: August 2019
2  Thank Joshua H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My younger daughter loved this place. She could have hung out all day. My older daughter hated it. But eh. What do you do. I enjoyed myself. They are doing great things and I’m glad to help support that. You can tell when the staff...More

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank Bobbi81
NIWRA O, Manager at North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Ahhh... such a great review! Thanks Bobbi81!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I visited while staying at a local B&B. There is a small gravel parking lot at the facility and it was $15 each to get in. They have a small gift shop and you enter the facility through a room with many...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank MT1
NIWRA O, Manager at North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the great review MT1. You are correct, all revenue received is used to care for the animals in our charge. Hope to see you again!

Reviewed August 4, 2019 via mobile

You could easily spend half a day here or a couple of hours, and there is quite a wide range of wildlife here. It is clear why each bird or animal is a resident, usually because they are too injured to be re homed. But...More

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank suesalford
NIWRA O, Tour Guide Volunteer at North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your constructive review, @suesalford. We are pleased you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you back again soon.

Reviewed July 30, 2019

Spent 1/2 day here learning about the animals that were rescued and rehabilitated. The staff were amazing! Friendly, knowledgeable and very passionate. Highly recommend! A must see!

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank AlwaysLaffin
NIWRA O, Volunteer Tour Guide/Social Media at North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, responded to this reviewResponded July 31, 2019

Thank you so much @AlwaysLaffin! We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit and hope you can return again soon.

Reviewed July 26, 2019

By all means, spare a few hours of your time to visit these lovely, caring people and the refuge they have set for ravens, raptors and bears maimed by our cars/electric wires/hunting guns or just our silly habit to cage innocent souls and twist them...More

Date of experience: June 2019
1  Thank ZeFrench
NIWRA O, Volunteer Tour Guide/Social Media at North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, responded to this reviewResponded July 31, 2019

Thank you so very much @ZeFrench. Such a wonderful review and it's exactly what we want our visitors to take away with them.

Reviewed July 22, 2019 via mobile

I’ve visited a few animal rehab places, this one was really well set up. Lots to look at. My daughter loved the little kids vet hospital. Not a lot of info on what they do but each animal has an info plaque including their story...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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NIWRA O, Volunteer/TourGuide/SocialMedia at North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, responded to this reviewResponded July 23, 2019

Thank you for visiting @tortuga7606. We're glad you enjoyed. Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and release. Those that unfortunately cannot be released back to the wild are taken care of by our Veterinarian, Animal Care staff and volunteers.

Reviewed July 17, 2019 via mobile

It's not a zoo just an incredible group of caring people. Rescuing wildlife if they cannot return it to the wild they ensure that they have a meaningful life at the centre. The dedication of the staff that ethuisasim is shown by the young volunteers...More

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank steelederek54
NIWRA O, Manager at North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, responded to this reviewResponded July 22, 2019

Thank you so much for the awesome review steelederek54! We hope you are able to come back soon!

Reviewed July 14, 2019 via mobile

This is a brilliant place for a morning/afternoon out! There were so many animals to look at and learn about, and we got to see many wild animals up close that normally you wouldn’t want to get close to! We listened to the black bear...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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NIWRA O, Manager at North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, responded to this reviewResponded July 22, 2019

Thank you for the wonderful review Travelling Flipflopz! We are happy you enjoyed the Discover Bear talk. Come again soon!

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