Peacock Springs is a unique captive breeding facility both nationally and internationally. All of the species housed at Peacock Springs are managed through recovery programmes in conjunction with the Department of Conservation and are purely bred and reared for release into the wild.

The water bodies provide ideal habitat for freshwater species, and supply the aviaries containing endangered endemic bird species.

Managing this exceptional site requires the adoption of many protective measures, particularly limiting disturbance. The captive breeding programmes have largely been so successful due to being closed to the public, with the lack of public intrusion allowing the birds to optimise their breeding efficiency. This also allows us to focus on aviary design by replicating natural habitat as much as possible.