Only you can decide.
I've seen Gouldian Finch at Mareeba Wetlands. 50 meters later I got to the
"cage" where birds can enter and leave. Scratching.
Personally, when I'm heading to a zoo (or other form of "sanctuary") I have
don't even carry my little black book.
On 26 November 2012 14:12, Koren Mitchell <> wrote:
> I know, I know, always a question that provokes discussion, but I thought
> I'd ask anyway. Not wanting to argue, just interested in people's opinions.
> I'm currently in Wellington and just got back from a trip to Zealandia
> sanctuary. This is a place on the outskirts of Wellington where they have
> built a predator-proof fence and reintroduced some of the species that were
> originally there, as well as a couple from other parts of the country.
> These birds are free-flying (apart from the takahe which is flightless) and
> most have now been breeding in the sanctuary for between 5 and 10 years.
> So, can I legitimately count on my life list the birds that I saw in the
> sanctuary (apart from the takahe which I wouldn't count as it is definitely
> 'in captivity')? Is seeing the birds in this sanctuary any different from
> going to Kapiti Island, where many of the same birds have been reintroduced?
> Regards, Koren
> Koren Mitchell
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