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
Meet Sasa the Sun Bear and the team who look after her at Wellington’s newest Behind the Scenes experience.
During your Behind the Scenes tour, you’ll be taken to Sasa's bear house to see first-hand how she’s looked after by the Animal Care team. During her medical, you'll see Sasa's markings, tongue and claws up-close and learn how smart she is. You'll never guess how long a sun bear's tongue is!
This experience is for ages 14+ and is held at 12.30pm every Wednesday and Friday. Bookings open early 2021 however you can grab a gift card now to redeem in the new year.
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.”
Minibeasts Behind the Scene experience
See incredible creatures like Scorpions, Tarantulas and Millipedes like never before at during the Minibeasts Behind the Scenes experience at Wellington Zoo.
Every Friday to Sunday, you can book an experience 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.)
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