"... until we can turn the tide of human-induced animal extinctions, good zoos will continue to be essential to the survival of many species" - Gerald Durrell, author and conservationist
The Auckland Zoo Charitable Trust was established in 1992 to contribute to Auckland Zoo by promoting and coordinating fundraising initiatives. The Auckland Zoo Charitable Trust also assists in the maintenance and further development of Auckland Zoo.
The Zoo Trust is comprised of volunteer Trustees; Clynton Hardy, Grant Graham and Ian Margan, led by Chair, Penny Whiting MBE. The Trustees are dedicated, passionate and professional members of the community and fully support Auckland Zoo in its projects, and conservational objectives.
The Auckland Zoo Charitable Trust administers donations and bequests which may be put towards major capital development projects, conservation and breeding projects for threatened native and exotic species, wildlife research, education and training in wildlife health. The Trust also has the capability to raise funds and support other organisations within New Zealand that align with its objectives.
The first project financed entirely from funds raised by the Trust is the $4.6 million New Zealand Centre for Conservation Medicine. The Trust sincerely thanks all the organisations and individuals who have supported this project.
The Trust has also donated funds to the Zoo's New Zealand Fauna Conservation Centre and its Sealion and Penguin Shores exhibit. In addition, it provided seed funding for the Old Elephant House refurbishment.
A major fundraising project for the Trust was the Zoo's New Zealand development, Te Wao Nui. The Trust were asked to fund $7m of this project, which opened to the public in September 2011.
Another initiative developed by the Trust is the Auckland Zoo Charitable Trust Bequest programme. Leaving a conservation legacy is a great way to give wildlife a future.
Penny Whiting MBE
Auckland Zoological Park Charitable Trust
Grey Lynn, Auckland 1022
Zoo Trust Secretary
Mobile: 021 180 4046