Auckland Zoo is a not-for-profit wildlife conservation science organisation dedicated to its mission ‘to bring people together to build a future for wildlife’, and proud to be part of Tātaki Auckland Unlimited (TAU) within the wider Auckland Council whānau.

  1. Since opening on 16 December 1922, Auckland Zoo has evolved to become an active conservation organisation and has welcomed over 28 million visitors.
  2. We focus on four key strategies to achieve our goal:
  • Care – we employ the very latest technology, medicine and research to ensure that the wildlife in our care have the best lives possible.
  • Connect – we work together, with our colleagues and our communities, to foster discovery of the natural world, inspire action for wildlife and create hope for its future. We lead by example, with optimism, with expertise and with passion
  • Wild Work – we use our skills, Zoo skills, wherever they are needed to help wildlife in wild places
  • Sustain – through careful management of our site and our assets, we aim to minimise the impact we have on the environment
  1. Auckland Zoo is a winner of national and international awards and is at the leading-edge of wildlife research, conservation work and innovative zoo design.

Everything we do at Auckland Zoo directly contributes towards our conservation efforts - how we care for the wildlife at the Zoo, our Wild Work and Conservation Fund, our environmental impact, and how we connect people with wildlife conservation science, here at the Zoo.

To bring people together to build a future for wildlife.

Our mission

A future where people value wildlife and species are safe from extinction.

Our vision

Our Values

  1. We share our love for wild places and wild life. Ka aroha nui ki ngā wāhi puihi, ki ngā kararehe puihi hoki. 
    1. We are passionate about wild places and wild life. We are continually seeking new knowledge through our research work and sharing what we learn with visitors.
  2. We are conservation optimists. Whakanuia te taiao.
    1. We lead efforts to protect the world's natural environments and the animals that live in them. We educate people on living more sustainably by showing them how.
  3. We are all kaitiaki of the Zoo and the environment. He kaitiaki tātou katoa.
    1. We take our roles in the sustainable management of the Zoo and in the Auckland region's environment seriously, as we cherish and protect them for future generations.
  4. We stand together. Ka tū kotahi tātou.
    1. We are at our best when we work together as a team with positive intent. Through our ingenuity combined with strong relationships built on trust, we actively support each other to tackle any challenge we face.
  5. We welcome visitors as friends. He kaha nō mātou ki te manaaki i ngā manuhiri.
    1. We welcome visitors to the Zoo as we would our friends. The relationship we build is one of respect for the different reasons visitors have for visiting the Zoo, the role they play in funding the Zoo's work and earning their respect for the work of the Zoo.

Transforming our zoo

Our $130 million, ten-year development plan will serve to further transform into a world-leading modern Zoo. We are building exceptional habitats for all our animals, creating extraordinary experiences for everyone who visits us, as well as facilities for our staff and future conservationists.

Learn more about our recently finished South East Asia Jungle Track >

We are designing more Nature Play spaces at Auckland Zoo >


Conservation is at the heart of everything we do at Auckland Zoo. We're driven by our passion for conservation, our ability to make a positive difference and our enthusiasm to inspire others to care about wildlife and wild places as much as we do.

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Science of Animal Care

Caring for the animals at Auckland Zoo requires creativity, expertise and science! When it comes to caring for animals, we consider all aspects of their welfare. From environment to nutrition, to physical health and behaviour.

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Science and Research

Auckland Zoo is a science-driven modern zoo with a conservation mission ‘to bring people together to build a future for wildlife’.

As such, the Zoo recognises that the animals in its care are a unique and valuable resource for scientific study which can provide information of great value to the enhancement of animal welfare through advances in veterinary medicine and husbandry, and to the conservation of threatened wildlife.

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