17 Dec 2012

New wildlife sanctuary in Hauraki Gulf

6:28 am on 17 December 2012

A new wildlife sanctuary in the Hauraki Gulf has been established by Auckland Zoo on Rotoroa Island which is to become a home for endangered species.

Zoo director Jonathan Wilcken said it's the first time the zoo has been a part of a restoration project from the beginning.

He expects the island to have a wealth of New Zealand endangered species in five years.

Mr Wilcken said the zoo plans to include an education programme so schools can have a direct part in the island's restoration.

Rotoroa Island, which is owned by the Salvation Army, used to be home to a rehabilitation centre for alcoholics and drug users.