“From our early life as a mainly treeless menagerie, the Zoo has metamorphosed both physically and philosophically. Our transition is thanks to many former visionary leaders, the passion, skills, and dedication of so many past and present Zoo staff, and our amazing community, sponsors, supporters, and conservation partners,” says Kevin.
“It is also primarily because of the incredible ongoing support and trust of Auckland Council and Tātaki Auckland Unlimited, that we are here today – as Auckland’s zoo – realising our mission ‘to bring people together to build a future for wildlife’. And given the enormous and daunting challenges that our planet faces - with climate change, escalating biodiversity loss, and our own species’ increasing urbanisation and disconnection from nature – our role as a modern zoo at the heart of our community, has never been more important.”
Since Auckland city councillors first established Auckland Zoo on its current site in Western Springs in 1922, Aucklanders, people across New Zealand and around the world have made more than 35 million visits. During that same period, Auckland’s population has risen from 82,000 to 1.7 million people, and the global population from 1.9 to 8 billion.
“In 2022, as a modern wildlife conservation science organisation and a Zoo very much of and for Aotearoa New Zealand, we’re really proud to be making a positive difference for wildlife and for people.