The zoo with a big heart: Wellington Zoo
The first carboNZero certified zoo in the world, Wellington Zoo puts conservation at the centre of everything they do
New to the Zoo
See incredible creatures like Scorpions, Tarantulas and Millipedes like never before at the newest Minibeasts Behind the Scenes experience at Wellington Zoo.
Every Friday to Sunday, you can book an experinece to discover the invertebrate house, Hero HQ and an expert Zookeeper will introduce you to some of nature’s most marvellous, mysterious and misunderstood animals. Watch as a Tarantula gets its health check up - bet you've never seen that!
You'll also learn about the fantastic conservation work the Zoo does around saving wildlife and wild places. This experience is suitable for 6 years old and up (under 14 needs to be accompanied by an adult.)
Wellington Zoo was recognised on a global stage with a ‘Zoo Oscar’ for sustainability from the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA)
The Nest Te Kōhanga
See a different side of the Zoo’s animals and its conservation efforts, at The Nest Te Kōhanga, Wellington Zoo’s award-winning animal hospital and centre for native wildlife. Craig Pritchard, who manages wildlife health services in this amazing facility, says The Nest Te Kōhanga cares for not only animals from within the Zoo, but also for native wildlife that needs their specialist help.
If you’d like to watch one of the Zoo residents or a native wildlife patient receive a full general health check, The Nest Te Kōhanga has a spot where you can see all this in action. The team will explain the procedures and what’s happening for visitors, too.
Wellington Zoo’s commitment to making the world a better place goes beyond their animal programmes. They’re consistently recognised as a leader in sustainability, and this is a thread that runs through everything they do, down to their staff uniform suppliers and the souvenirs they sell in their gift shop. Wellington Zoo is also the world’s first Toitū carboNZero certified zoo, meaning they’re officially carbon neutral.
It’s programmes like this that make Wellington Zoo so wonderful. Everything they do is lead by respect for our natural environment, animal welfare, sustainability and conservation, setting an example for visitors and locals alike. As Robert Stoop says, “by coming to Wellington Zoo, visitors are able to connect with animals and contribute to our conservation work, both locally and globally. While Wellington Zoo may not be the biggest zoo by any means, it is regarded by many as the zoo with the biggest heart.”
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