Faculty Advisor

Elmes, Michael B.

Faculty Advisor

Shockey, Ingrid K.

Project Center

New Zealand


This report presents an evaluation of the relationship between Wellington residents and the threatened kaka parrot. With the implementation of a mammalian exclusion fence and pest eradication system, Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary created the first nature preserve free of mammalian predators. As a result of this unique design and its success, thriving bird populations are expanding into the urban environment beyond the sanctuary. This project examines impacts of residential interactions on kaka and assesses the attitudes and behaviors of the community through surveys, focus groups, and interviews. Using this data, we provide a set of recommendations to Zealandia for raising awareness, encouraging safe interactions, and enhancing the sanctuary's methods of community outreach.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

February 2013

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department


Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs