2017 Manawatu Lecture

Survival on the Edge: Development of the Wildbase Research Centre

Professor Brett Gartrell, Massey University

7.30 pm Tuesday, 16 May, Palmerston North Central Library, George Street, Palmerston North

For this year’s Manawatu Lecture, we are privileged to be hosting Professor Brett Gartrell, wildlife veterinarian and Director of the Wildbase Research Centre from its inception in 2002. Based at Massey University’s veterinary teaching hospital, Wildbase is New Zealand’s leading wildlife health and treatment facility.

With half of New Zealand’s birdlife threatened or endangered, Wildbase makes conservation gains where saving individuals makes significant contributions to the survival of species. In addition to a recently-expanded hospital, Wildbase represents a team of specialists with a world-class reputation in research, pathology, and oiled wildlife response. In a recent collaborative effort with Palmerston North City Council, the Wildbase Recovery facility in the Esplanade is set to expand on the Centre’s capacity to treat wildlife, and reflects the importance of engaging the public in finding solutions to current conservation issues.

The Manawatu Lecture was established by the Royal Society of New Zealand Manawatu Branch as its annual prestigious lecture to recognise aspects of science particularly relevant to the Manawatu. This is the nineteenth Manawatu Lecture.

All warmly welcome