Auckland Zoo was awarded the international Australasian Regional Association of Zoological Parks and Aquaria (ARAZPA) Publication Award for the conservation brochure and DVD Te Wao Nui.
The publication was judged on the professionalism of the production in relation to the representation of both conservation programs and activities of the institution. Points were also awarded for an innovative design. Only publications that have been written and managed by institution staff are eligible for awards under this category.
The publication features a 24 page brochure as well as an interactive DVD showcasing Auckland Zoo's upcoming development project: Te Wao Nui. The publication emphasises the project's conservation objectives, the cultural significance for New Zealanders and international visitors, as well as calling supporters to action for aid in the development.
The project leader was Communications & Promotions coordinator Jane Healy, who worked closely with the Te Wao Nui project team.
Auckland Zoo's extensive involvement in conservation programmes for threatened native species and promotion of strong conservation messages has earned it a special Department of Conservation Award.
The 2005 Conservation Achievement Award in Partnerships and Community Involvement was presented to Auckland Zoo by Conservation Minister Chris Carter at the opening of Conservation Week held at the Zoo.
The award acknowledged the Zoo's work with threatened species in the areas of both breeding recovery and research. Additionally, the Zoo was recognised for its promotion of conservation messages through its events, activities and education programmes.
The Zoo received the prestigious Australasian Regional Association of Zoological Parks and Aquaria (ARAZPA) in situ Conservation Award, for its efforts in helping to reintroduce the Campbell Island teal, the world's rarest duck, to the wild.
The 2005 award was jointly awarded to Auckland Zoo and Pukaha Mount Bruce 'for exceptional effort towards habitat preservation, species restoration and support of biodiversity in the wild'.
Once thought to be extinct, (until 20 were discovered on the tiny islet, Dent Island, off Campbell Island) the total Campbell Island teal population has grown to currently number just under 200. Following a successful Department of Conservation (DOC) rat eradication programme in 2001, disease was considered a primary risk to the successful re-establishment of Campbell Island teal in its subantarctic home.
In collaboration with DOC, Auckland Zoo veterinary staff have played a key role in identifying, evaluating and minimising disease threats. Zoo vets also provided primary health care to teal during two shipments to the subantarctic in 2004 and 2005. To date, 105 healthy teal have now been successfully released onto the island. During the 2005 visit, where vets also carried out disease screening on other native species of the island, they found evidence of teal breeding - a first in 180 years.
For the second year running, Auckland Zoo was awarded the ARAZPA Publication Award for its annual report.
The award recognises 'excellence in publication production'. The 2004-2005 Auckland Zoo Annual Report was produced as an interactive mini-CD. In addition to text and images, it contained a wide range of footage to illustrate the Zoo's work and activities over the year. The project leader was Communications and Promotions coordinator Jane Healy, who worked closely with Auckland Zoo's financial consultant Aarti Narain.
The Zoo's goal of achieving top international environmental best practice is a step closer with the gaining of Bronze, Silver and Gold Enviro-Mark accreditation in mid-2006.
This accreditation recognises compliance, commitment to environmental best practices and continuous improvement. It brings Auckland Zoo closer to gaining the highest of standards in environmental management - the International Standards Organisation (ISO) 14001, which originated at the Rio Summit on the Environment in the early 1990s
The Zoo is now working towards gaining Enviro-Mark Platinum and Diamond accreditation, as well as finalising its Environmental Management strategy (EMS), the last requirement to become eligible for ISO14001.
The Zoo television series, all about Auckland Zoo, its animals and keepers, has picked a lot of awards over the years.
The success of the programme reflects the great working partnership between its producers, Greenstone Pictures, Auckland Zoo and, in particular, with all the keepers that feature on the show.
As well as highlighting the great bonds between humans and animals - a key feature of the programme - The Zoo also delivers strongly on conservation messages. Auckland Zoo acknowledges the show as an accurate portrait of a modern zoo's role, as opposed to some traditional perceptions of what a zoo does.
Auckland Zoo's veterinary resident in conservation medicine, Dr Stephanie Shaw, has been awarded an international research award to develop further her Hochstetter's frog (Leiopelma hochstetteri) project - mapping the national distribution of the disease chytrid fungus. Such work for this endangered, endemic frog species has never been done before.
The award received, the Australasian Annual Research Student Award 2007, is awarded by the Australian chapter of the American-based global organisation WDA (Wildlife Disease Association).
Dr Shaw is Auckland Zoo's first veterinarian in residence, and her mapping of the distribution of chytrid fungus is just one part of her PhD topic: The Ecology of Disease in New Zealand Native Frogs.