“We’re absolutely thrilled to receive this award. It’s an incredibly meaningful one that represents the mahi of generations and the commitment of Aucklanders to Auckland Zoo and the role we play together in building a future for wildlife,” says the Zoo’s Head of Environment, Design & Construction, Monica Lake.
The $62m South East Asia Jungle Track (SEAJT) across one-fifth of the Zoo, is part of a #FutureZoo renewals programme being funded through Auckland Council’s long-term plan. Already complete and open is a high canopy primate habitat for orangutans and siamangs. A lowlands habitat for tigers and otters will open this summer, and the final habitat – a tropical Indonesian swamp forest habitat for crocodiles, fish, and other reptiles, will open by autumn 2022.
“Over the past 10 years in particular, the SEAJT Project Team, our entire Zoo whanau and our community have all been part of this epic journey to realise the biggest and most ambitious project in our Zoo’s almost 100-year history.