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Rotoroa Island

Auckland Zoo and  Rotoroa Island are working together to establish an important wildlife conservation reserve on Rotoroa Island in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.

Rotoroa Island

​Rotoroa Island - a unique wildlife reserve in the making

Closed to the public for nearly 100 years, Rotoroa​ Island​ was a place of sanctuary for people recovering from addiction. However, it re-opened in 2011 as an arts, heritage and conservation estate.

This partnership will ensure that the island's legacy of recovery, salvation and renewal will continue into its future, by becoming a sanctuary for a range of endangered New Zealand species.

New Zealand leads the world in island restoration projects for wildlife, and the Rotoroa Island partnership with the Zoo signals a new chapter in island restoration.

"It will see us extending the Zoo beyond our grounds in a way that's never been done before in New Zealand, using specialist zoo expertise to bring back, and manage a wide range of species on a remarkable island sanctuary.

The partnership between Auckland Zoo and Rotoroa Island is funded by the Hutton Wilson Charitable Trust and is for $4m over five years.

"Creating a sanctuary on Rotoroa Island for New Zealand's endangered wildlife is a natural extension to the current activities of protecting the island's conservation and heritage," says Rotoroa Island trustee, John Gow.

"This partnership with Auckland Zoo brings the island closer to the city whilst creating a nationally significant wildlife sanctuary. It's a win-win situation for both parties," he says.​​

To learn m​ore about this partnership and the work happening on the island, head to 'The Sanctuary' in Te Wao Nui.

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