Camp seeks stuffed animals for teaching

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Checking out these stuffed stoats from the Ashburton Museum collection are Mt Somers Springburn School students Milan, 11 and Etta Jade Holland.

Kakariki Camps, which offers team-building camps with an environmental focus, is after unwanted stuffed animals to teach the community about the local environment and the threats to it.

Based at the Staveley Camp and alongside nine hectares of protected mountain beech forest, a stream and breathtaking mountain views, the business is looking for stuffed animals such as stoats, ferrets, weasels, rats, cats, mice and possums.

Items can be gifted or loaned and will be displayed and used for educational purposes.

Kakariki Camps aimed to connect people with nature and one another and provided challenges, fun, and a learning environment, said director Deb Stanaway, who runs the business alongside partners Gen De Spa and Jacqueline Anne.

It also wanted to teach people “how to be caretakers of the land”.

Anyone able to donate or loan stuffed animals can contact Deb Stanaway on 21 995517.