DR.POW (Deployable Rehabilitation Pool for Oiled Wildlife) is a temporary habitat that assists in the rehabilitation process of wildlife during oil spills. Since time is a huge factor in oil spill response, its main feature is its fast deployment rate.
Ngā Pae Māhutonga - The School of Design, Massey University, New Zealand
Faculty Advisors: Lyn Garrett, Jason Mitchell, John Wells
Design: Cameron Holder
Wildlife rehabilitation is a hugely important factor in oiled wildlife response, without which species treated would have little chance of survival upon their release back into the wild. With advice from the team at Wildbase (a New Zealand wildlife healthcare centre that provides wildlife treatment after a marine oil spill), it was decided that a rehabilitation pool would become the key component in the development of this rehabilitation habitat.
DR.POW is transported in a durable crate to location. The crate has a removable trampoline bed that becomes a night pen for the wildlife to rest and recover. DR.POW can be deployed rapidly by anyone from a local volunteer to a head research technician. It offers a safe environment for the wildlife to recover and provides a user-friendly experience in a stressful situation.