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Sumatran tigers join Auckland Zoo
17 Nov 2022  

Sumatran tigers join Auckland Zoo

Two critically endangered Sumatran tigers have joined Auckland Zoo as part of an international breeding and advocacy programme.


Wellington Zoo grants $14k to local conservation initiatives
17 Nov 2022  

Wellington Zoo grants $14k to local conservation initiatives

Projects include the restoration of kelp forests, scientific analysis of the Sooty shearwater, GPS tracking of the Chatham Islands Tāiko, a plant nursery, and the purchase of predator control traps.


Hamilton Zoo closing for three days
16 Nov 2022  

Hamilton Zoo closing for three days

Hamilton Zoo is closing for three days next week while roadworks are completed outside the entrance.


Baby giraffe born at Auckland Zoo…
23 Aug 2022  

Baby giraffe born at Auckland Zoo…

The calf was born to resident giraffes Kiraka and Billy and is estimated to reach almost two metres tall.


…while Wellington Zoo receives $811k for new experience
23 Aug 2022   /

…while Wellington Zoo receives $811k for new experience

Wellington Zoo has received an $811,702 grant for the construction of a new snow leopard habitat and visitor experience in partnership with Nepali conservation group Mountain Spirit.


Zoo receives tick for animal welfare
28 Jun 2022   /

Zoo receives tick for animal welfare

New Plymouth’s Brooklands Zoo has received accreditation from the Zoo Aquarium Association for its excellence and commitment to positive animal welfare.


Auckland Zoo preps for giraffe birth
23 Jun 2022  

Auckland Zoo preps for giraffe birth

Auckland Zoo is set to welcome a new baby giraffe in July, the first to be born at the attraction in five years.


Orana Park euthanises iconic white rhino
16 Jun 2022   /

Orana Park euthanises iconic white rhino

Orana Wildlife Park says it made the “agonising decision” to euthanise its 40-year-old Southern White Rhinoceros, Stumpy, due to age-related health issues.


Magic Memories created at US zoo
12 May 2022   /

Magic Memories created at US zoo

Magic Memories has partnered with US-based Zoo Atlanta to add interactive digital content experiences that engage visitors with the zoo’s wildlife and core mission messages.


Auckland Zoo mourns loss of African white rhino
29 Mar 2022  

Auckland Zoo mourns loss of African white rhino

Auckland Zoo is mourning the shock loss of Inkosi, a twenty-year-old African white rhino, to a sudden untreatable illness.


Watch: 40 years of care at Auckland Zoo
28 Mar 2022  

Watch: 40 years of care at Auckland Zoo

Auckland Zoo’s Christine Tintinger marks 40 years of care at the attraction.


Wellington Zoo, City Mission partner for free visits
10 Feb 2022   /

Wellington Zoo, City Mission partner for free visits

Wellington Zoo will provide free passes to people and families supported by the the Wellington City Mission.


First phase finished for ‘world-class’ wildlife destination
16 Dec 2021  

First phase finished for ‘world-class’ wildlife destination

Work on a new entrance to connect Hamilton Zoo and Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park is entering its second stage, as parts of the entry building open this week.


NZ Tourism Awards: Wellington Zoo a model for operators on carbon-zero
29 Nov 2021   /

NZ Tourism Awards: Wellington Zoo a model for operators on carbon-zero

With initiatives in the area stretching back over a decade, Wellington Zoo is no stranger to the idea of environmental sustainability.


Lions arrive at Wellington Zoo
29 Nov 2021  

Lions arrive at Wellington Zoo

Two male lions arrived at Wellington Zoo on Friday and are now completing a quarantine period.


Auckland attractions ready to open at alert level 3.2
8 Nov 2021   / /

Auckland attractions ready to open at alert level 3.2

Auckland Museum will join other attractions and open if the city moves to Covid-19 alert level 3 step 2.


Wellington Zoo, Massey sign MOU
1 Nov 2021   /

Wellington Zoo, Massey sign MOU

Wellington Zoo and Massey University have signed an agreement to establish closer ties and identify more opportunities for both parties.


Rhino Jamila may become proud mum – Auckland Zoo
23 Sep 2021  

Rhino Jamila may become proud mum – Auckland Zoo

Auckland Zoo’s Jamila the southern white rhinoceros is pregnant.


Trio of lionesses arrive at Auckland Zoo
17 Sep 2021  

Trio of lionesses arrive at Auckland Zoo

Three African lionesses have arrived at Auckland Zoo from Australia and are currently undergoing quarantine there.


Wellington Zoo’s Fifield elected WAZA VP
6 Sep 2021   /

Wellington Zoo’s Fifield elected WAZA VP

Wellington Zoo chief executive Karen Fifield has been elected vice president of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) Council.


Rescue penguin joins Auckland Zoo
13 Aug 2021  

Rescue penguin joins Auckland Zoo

A penguin with a flipper wound that arrived three weeks ago from Waiheke Island’s Native Bird Rescue has joined Auckland Zoo’s penguin colony.


Hamilton Zoo chimp euthanised
8 Jul 2021  

Hamilton Zoo chimp euthanised

Sally the chimpanzee at Hamilton Zoo is dead.


Roof goes on Auckland Zoo’s Indonesian habitat
28 Jun 2021  

Roof goes on Auckland Zoo’s Indonesian habitat

Habitat to be hot, steamy 28-degrees Celsius all year round.


Auckland Zoo cafe wins architecture award
16 Jun 2021  

Auckland Zoo cafe wins architecture award

Te Puna cafe becomes entry in 2022 New Zealand Architecture Awards.


Wellington Zoo kiwi dies, sanctuary closes to public
14 Jun 2021  

Wellington Zoo kiwi dies, sanctuary closes to public

Run of kiwi deaths prompts investigation.


Ring-tailed lemurs arrive at Welly Zoo
17 May 2021  

Ring-tailed lemurs arrive at Welly Zoo

The lemurs are currently off-display to the public while work on the habitat is completed.


Auckland Zoo elephants Anjalee, Burma to relocate to Aus
23 Apr 2021  

Auckland Zoo elephants Anjalee, Burma to relocate to Aus

Auckland Zoo has found separate homes in Australia for its Asian elephants Burma and Anjalee.


Wellington Zoo mourns passing away of its lionesses
12 Apr 2021  

Wellington Zoo mourns passing away of its lionesses

Sisters Djane and Zahara had been at Wellington Zoo since 2002.


Zoo celebrates endangered Galápagos tortoises hatchings
26 Mar 2021  

Zoo celebrates endangered Galápagos tortoises hatchings

Four Galápagos tortoises have hatched at the Auckland Zoo, the most from a single clutch within Australasia.


Waikato attractions to benefit from combined infra projects
10 Dec 2020  

Waikato attractions to benefit from combined infra projects

Hamilton City Council will combine three high profile infrastructure projects to improve access to the Hamilton Zoo and Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park.


Zoo partnership returns giant wētā to Motuihe Island
8 Dec 2020   /

Zoo partnership returns giant wētā to Motuihe Island

Auckland Zoo and the Motuihe Trust are working together to return the giant wētā the wētāpunga to Te Motu-a-Ihenga Motuihe Island in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf.


Auckland Zoo to rehome elephants
26 Nov 2020   /

Auckland Zoo to rehome elephants

Auckland Zoo is looking for new overseas homes for its two female Asia elephants, Anjalee and Burma.


Hamilton Zoo recognised for animal welfare practices
6 Nov 2020   /

Hamilton Zoo recognised for animal welfare practices

Zoo director Dr Baird Fleming said it reflected the importance the zoo team placed on the wellbeing of the animals in their care.


Zoos “better off” than overseas counterparts – Wellington Zoo’s Fifield
4 Nov 2020  

Zoos “better off” than overseas counterparts – Wellington Zoo’s Fifield

Wellington Zoo’s Karen Fifield says she had been expecting a “real lag” in visitor numbers post-lockdown, but that did not happen.


Hamilton Zoo’s Sally the chimp turns 50
20 Oct 2020  

Hamilton Zoo’s Sally the chimp turns 50

Chimpanzee Sally, Hamilton Zoo’s oldest resident, has turned 50.


Five otter pups born at Auckland Zoo
15 Oct 2020  

Five otter pups born at Auckland Zoo

The pups are four weeks old and bring the total of the zoo’s Asian small-clawed otters to 13 after parents Takumi and Kanan gave birth to two sets of triplets in 2019.


Zoo tiger passes away
2 Oct 2020  

Zoo tiger passes away

Hamilton Zoo has said farewell to its Sumatran tiger, Oz, after he became unwell over the past week.


Goodbye AZ, hello ABs – McGowan makes his move
1 Oct 2020   /

Goodbye AZ, hello ABs – McGowan makes his move

After five years ushering in millions of visitors, Auckland Zoo’s head of visitor experience leaves to lead the country’s newest attraction.


Wildlife institutions share $9.6m relief funding
11 Sep 2020   /

Wildlife institutions share $9.6m relief funding

The country’s zoos, eco-sanctuaries, wildlife parks and rehabilitation facilities will share $9.6m to help them cope with the impacts of Covid-19.


Auckland Zoo to reopen, visitors urged to wear face masks
27 Aug 2020  

Auckland Zoo to reopen, visitors urged to wear face masks

Indoor Zoo areas were closed where physical distancing was difficult to maintain, and the Zoo encouraged visitors to wear face masks. 


Four cheetahs for Hamilton Zoo
28 Jul 2020  

Four cheetahs for Hamilton Zoo

The upgraded enclosure would include multiple viewing areas for visitors and encounter opportunities would feature in the future.


Govt provides $15m for struggling animal attractions
13 Jul 2020   /

Govt provides $15m for struggling animal attractions

Wildlife institutions suffering from the impacts of Covid-19 can apply for support.


Auckland Zoo set to open, some attractions closed
21 May 2020  

Auckland Zoo set to open, some attractions closed

Auckland Zoo will reopen on Wednesday 27 May after being closed for nine weeks due to Covid-19 restrictions.


Wellington Zoo CEO first Kiwi elected to world association
21 Nov 2019  

Wellington Zoo CEO first Kiwi elected to world association

Wellington Zoo chief executive Karen Fifield MNZM has been elected to the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) Council.


Wellington Zoo euthanises baboons
25 Feb 2019  

Wellington Zoo euthanises baboons

The measure was labelled “irresponsible” by animal welfare group SAFE.


Auckland Zoo to add female white rhino to its ranks
5 Sep 2018  

Auckland Zoo to add female white rhino to its ranks

Auckland Zoo will this week welcome a southern white rhino to its ranks as part of the Australasian zoos’ regional breeding programme for the threatened species.