Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre
State Highway 2, Masterton
Phone: +64 6 375 8004
Who lives here?
Natural and Bud are a couple of rainbow retirees living out their takahe twilight years in comfort at Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre.
Following many unsuccessful breeding attempts Natural was exiled from Mana Island to Pukaha to make room for a more virile male.
Bud joined him from Tiritiri Matangi Island where he too had failed to breed.
Bud was originally called Blossom – it's difficult to tell a male takahē from a female.