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The Nest
October 27, 2010, 7:59 am
Filed under: animals, photos, wellington

A couple of weeks back I went on this weekend workshop in Wellington with INNZ. During the weekend we went to various sites around the capital; Wellington Zoo, Carter Observatory, Zelandia, and TePapa. The highlight of the weekend was definitely The Nest, Wellington Zoo’s animal hospital and centre for native wildlife.

The Nest is set up so that Zoo visitors can see real veterinary procedures, care and check-ups through glass walled surgical units which face on  to a gallery.

We got a tour through the building by Oliver from the zoo. It was very cool. (one of the surgical room in the background).

With the units open view they are not meant to be filtered in anyway for kids. It caters for both learning and real circumstance. The odd animal may unfortunately come in in bad condition (from the zoo and wellington area) and viewer get to see it all.. People are encouraged to ask questions by clicking a button on the window. The vets are micced up to answer questions and talk through what they are doing with the animals.

In front of each unit (as well as the adjoining lab) are some nice infographic panels which explain the mechanics of each space.

When there is nothing happening (the unit only runs on certain hours of the day) they have a video running outside with x-rays up to view.

The two veterinary /surgical units. I can’t remember the different purposes of each.

As well as the veterinary /surgical units there is a research lab open to view too, with some ‘nice’ preserved specimens.

Within the building there are caged / enclosure areas (not as grim as it looks), split in to native and exotic (i think) as well as a salt water pool meaning they treat all types of animals.

Other nice little touches … noticed this cool box unit on the way out. Simple but effective idea.

More on the Nest here.


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