Did you know that Auckland Zoo turns 100 this year? To celebrate, we're creating a special 12-part video series focused on this special milestone in our history, and the history of Auckland, New Zealand. 

From staff memories to key moments in time, these videos will take you on a rich journey through our past, present and future. Check back each month as we release the latest video in the series.

 

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Ep 1: Our Director shares his thoughts on Auckland Zoo's 100th

Director Kevin Buley shares his vision for Auckland Zoo, and defines the role of a good, modern zoo in 2022 and beyond.

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Ep 2: Christine's memories - 40 years of care at Auckland Zoo

Primate keeper Christine reflects on our journey to becoming the wildlife conservation science organisation we are today. She also fondly remembers some of the animals, like chimpanzee Janie, she has cared for along the way.

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Ep 3: Richard reflects on Auckland Zoo's conservation mahi

Our head of animal care and conservation Richard Gibson discusses his background as a herpetologist (‘reptile man’), the role of our beautiful and immersive New Zealand track Te Wao Nui, and how Auckland Zoo’s conservation efforts have evolved both locally and globally.

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Ep 4: Richard reflects on 50+ years caring for wildlife

Setting up New Zealand’s first centre for conservation medicine, helping to breed the rarest duck in the world and caring for kākāpō on their sanctuary islands – Richard Jakob-Hoff’s extensive career has always been focused on conserving and understanding more about wildlife.