We believe in protecting New Zealand’s native wildlife – and we know you do too!

We send our skilled staff into Aotearoa’s beautiful backyard to monitor reptiles and seabirds, survey North Island kōkako, provide health checks and transmitter changes for kākāpō and takahē, and as part of Operation Nest Egg – collect eggs, incubate and release Coromandel brown kiwi chicks to predator-free islands in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf so they can grow up safe from rats and stoats – phew!

This is as well as our dedicated breed and release programmes where we hatch, raise and release New Zealand native wētāpunga, whio, pāteke – and orange fronted kākāriki into the wild, to boost local populations.

Out of the 20+ endemic species that Auckland Zoo staff have worked with in the wild over the past year, half are threatened with extinction and two are deemed critically endangered.

Choose your donation


Provides 20 chew cards for us to help monitor rodent numbers in pest-sensitive areas


Helps fund Artificial Cover Objects to help monitor the population of the rare Muriwai gecko


Helps fund a Gee-minnow trap so our trained fieldwork staff can monitor the critically endangered black mudfish


Provides gumboots for our staff to use when monitoring the endangered New Zealand sea lion population at Port Pegasus


Covers one pre-release vet check for an endangered kiwi chick


Provides a warm sleeping bag for a zoo conservationist in the bush monitoring kākāpō on offshore islands


Covers the equipment needed to gather critical data on lizard distribution, like our work with Muriwai geckos


Pays a water taxi to transport our ectotherm team and hundreds of zoo-bred wētāpunga for release on to Hauraki Gulf islands


Helps fund transport to remote highlands and islands to survey and protect endangered species, like black-eyed geckos and Mokohinau …