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Today, you’ll see a group of low-lying commercial buildings in a large expanse of concrete. Picture instead, as we do, a tree-covered plaza opening on to walk-in aviaries, terrariums (for the lizards), large aquariums, a cafe and gift shop.

They’re the planned backbone of our wildlife and conservation centre on the banks of the Manawatu River in Foxton. We’ll also be regenerating the native habitat around the centre to attract and nourish wild birds from the nearby, internationally recognised estuary.

Our links with the many academics and experts who share our concerns for conservation will help to guide the centre’s work sustainably and in line with international best practice. This will open up valuable study opportunities for the education organisations who are already voicing their support.

Yes, it is ambitious. But it’s why we were compelled to start the Trust: to turn bright dreams and bare concrete into a conservation centre benefiting wildlife and humans alike.

Join us, and share our journey. New Zealand’s wildlife deserves nothing less.

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Wildlife Foxton Trust has four main goals:

  1. To provide an educational and tourist wildlife centre in Foxton.
  2. To assist in Foxton’s rejuvenation and tourism planning.
  3. To help restore the Foxton River Loop.
  4. To be proactive in ecological causes in the wider region.