Kevin's an inspiring leader with a strong vision. We recently sat down with him to discuss his start in conservation science at a young age, and how his work with an endangered frog really cemented his life’s journey and passion to help save wildlife and wild places.

Now, more than ever, it’s essential that we connect amazing people just like you, with amazing wildlife. As Kevin says, “a good modern zoo is more relevant than ever. Zoos on their own are not going to save wildlife and save this planet, but the people that visit zoos, the people that connect with good zoo’s will….”


Meet Kevin Buley

Kevin explains the role of a modern zoo, and what kicked off his journey into wildlife conservation science

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.