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Auckland Zoo Strategic Plan

Auckland Zoo is home to the largest collection of native and exotic animals in New Zealand, set in 17 hectares of lush parkland and just five minutes from central Auckland.

Strategic Plan

Zookeeper Lauren with cheetah, AnubisOur Vision
A future where people value wildlife, and species are safe from extinction

Our Mission
To bring people together to build a future for wildlife

The Auckland Zoo Strategic Plan focuses on the following strategies:

Managing our wildlife exceptionally

Zookeeer Joel working with NZ fur seal- We will plan and manage the Zoo's animal collection to ensure its sustainability and relevance to our mission

- We will develop and implement exemplary practice in the intensive management of species we work with

Inspiring our community to value wildlife

Auckland Zoo visitors meet Burma- We will provide our visitors with immersive environments that give a sense of the species we hold and the habitats they live in

- We will engage visitors emotionally through experiences of wildlife that feel close and rare.

- We will expand our influence on the community by growing our visitor base

Building understanding of wildlife

Primary school students learn about bearded dragons- We will provide information, activities and experiences designed to improve understanding of wildlife

- We will use the Zoo, its people, exhibits and animals, to deliver targeted environmental education programmes

- We will engage in research aimed at improving the management of threatened species and environments

Galvanising action for wildlife

Zoo visitors plant native seedlings on World Environment Day- We will encourage the community to take actions that will reduce the impact of our lifestyles on threatened species and environments

- We will provide the community opportunities to be involved with, and contribute to, the work of the Zoo and efforts to conserve wildlife in natural environments

- We will form partnerships with, and work with organisations that are aligned with the Zoo's mission

Conserving wildlife in wild places

Zookeepers Carly and Amy working with orangutans in Sumatra- We will contribute to the conservation of wildlife in natural environments by providing staff and expertise to programmes for priority species and habitats

- We will support efforts to conserve wildlife in natural environments by raising and allocating funds to programmes for priority species and habitats

To enable these strategies

We will be a responsible employer and an effective steward of our resources by:

WildZone gift shop- Investing in our people

- Caring for our visitors

- Securing a sustainable financial base

- Maintaining and developing our facilities

- Minimising our environmental footprint 

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Auckland Zoo
Motions Road
Western Springs
Auckland 1022