Auckland Zoo has a dedicated browse team that source this vegetation in a number of sustainable ways. One of the key ways we obtain browse for the zoo’s animals is through the generous donations from our wonderful green-fingered community in Auckland.

This browse is then used in a number of ways – as part of our animals varied and nutritional diet; to create natural areas where animals can hide, nest, climb or create perches; and thick branches or logs are used as essential gnawing implements for our rodent species.

Please find a photo gallery below featuring the different types of browse that we are likely to accept.

Within this selection, there are specific types of browse that are in high demand as they are much enjoyed by the animals in our care. These are puka, monstera, banana palm, ficus, feijoa, acacia, poplar, liquid amber.

Please note – all browse / plants for donation must be pesticide and spray free. We are unable to pick up any browse donations outside of Auckland City.

Abyssinian Banana (Ensete ventricosum)
Ash (Fraxinus Sp) 
Australian Frangipani (Hymenosporum flavum)
Banksia (Banksia Sp.)
Birch (Betula Sp.)
Bottlebrush (Callistemon Sp.)
Cabbage Tree (Cordyline Sp.)
Canna (Canna Sp.)
Chinese Lantern (Abutilon Sp.)
Clumping Banana Palm (Bambusa Sp.)
Coprosma (Coprosma Sp.)
Corokia (Corokia Sp.)
Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Sp.)
Feijoa (Feijoa selloviona)
Ficus Tree/Rubber Tree (Ficus benjamina)
Five Finger (Pseudopanax Sp.)
Giant Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia Nicolai)
Grape Vine (Vitis Sp.)
Guava (Psidium Sp.)
Hebe (Hebe Sp.)
Hibiscus (Hibiscus Sp.)
Karaka/New Zealand Laurel (Corynocarpus laevigatus)
Karo (Pittosporum crassifolium)
Kohekohe (Dysoxylum spectabile)
Lacebark (Hoheria Sp.)
Lemonwood (Pittosporum eugenoides)
Liquid Amber (Liquidamber Sp.)
Mahoe (Melicytus ramiflorus)
Manuka/Kanuka (Leptospermum/Kunzia ericoides)
Maple (Acer negundo)
Mapou (Myrsine australis)
Monkey Apple (Acmena smithii)
Monstera/Fruit Salad Plant (Monstera deliciosa)
Morton Bay Fig (Ficus macrophylla)
Mulberry (Morus Sp.)
Nikau Palm (Rhopalostylis sapida)
Olive (Olea europaea)
Papyrus (Cyperus papyrus)
Phoenix Palm (Phoenix canariensis)
Plane Tree (Platanus occidentalis)
Plumbago (Plumbago Sp.)
Pohutukawa (Metrosideros excelsa)
Poplar (Populus Sp.)
Puka (Meryta sinclairii)
Puriri (Vitex lucens)
She oak (Casuarina Sp.)
Silver Fern/Ponga (Cyathea dealbata)
Sugar Cane (Saccharum officinarum)
Sweetcorn Foliage (Zea mays)
Totara (Podocarpus totara)
Tree Lucerne (Chamaecytisus palmensis)
Wattle (Acacia longifolia/floribunda)
Wild Ginger (Hedychium gardneranum)
Willow (Salix Sp.)
Willow Myrtle (Agonis flexuosa)