About Kevin Buley
Kevin Buley has worked in the zoo industry for almost 25 years. He has a BSc in Zoology/Animal Biology from the University of Southampton and began his career as a reptile and amphibian keeper at Jersey Zoo in the British Channel Islands, where he subsequently rose to head of its world-renowned herpetology department.
In 2002, he moved to Chester Zoo, the UK’s largest and most successful visitor attraction outside London, where he was Head of Zoo Programmes until his move to New Zealand over eight years ago.
Since joining Auckland Zoo as Deputy Director and Head of Life Sciences in 2010, Kevin has played a pivotal role in the growth and continued success of the zoo. He has been responsible for establishing the Life Sciences Department as one of the foremost on the global zoo and aquarium stage. He has built a team of international experts in wildlife management, field conservation, veterinary medicine, science, research and education.
His leadership in the sector has also recently seen him elected to the Australasian Zoo & Aquarium Association Board of Management, the industry body representing nearly 100 zoos and aquariums across New Zealand and Australia.
About Auckland Zoo
Auckland Zoo champions a future where people value wildlife and species are safe from extinction. A leading centre for wildlife conservation, the Zoo holds New Zealand’s largest collection of native and exotic species. The Zoo’s critically important conservation work and educational programmes are supported and delivered by a dedicated team of professionals committed to bringing people together to build a future for wildlife.
Regional Facilities Auckland (RFA) enriches life in Auckland by engaging people in the arts, environment, sport and events. With our six divisions – Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland Conventions, Auckland Live, Auckland Stadiums, Auckland Zoo and NZ Maritime Museum – we strive to create rewarding visitor experiences and positive outcomes for Auckland. Our innovative and creative programmes delight more than four million visitors a year as we present engaging and accessible experiences across the city every single day.
As one of six Auckland Council organisations, we are a charitable trust governed by a board. Our landmark venues include ANZ Viaduct Events Centre, Aotea Centre, Aotea Square, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland Town Hall, Auckland Zoo, Bruce Mason Centre, The Civic, Mt Smart Stadium, QBE Stadium and Western Springs Stadium.