“Wild Heroes is not your average zoo programme,” says Auckland Zoo’s head of animal care and conservation,” Richard Gibson.
“Over the last 10 years, we’ve worked on more than 50 conservation projects around New Zealand with Department of Conservation (DOC), universities, and other NGOs and community groups. These projects see our staff working out in the field utilising the intensive wildlife management skills they’ve learnt here at the Zoo, and we really wanted to showcase this in Wild Heroes, along with connecting viewers with all the action at the Zoo.
“Viewers will also get to see just how much the Zoo has transformed physically, and our latest development – our South East Asia Jungle Track - is an incredible example of this. From 25-metre-high aerial pathways for our primates, to a state-of-the-art swamp forest habitat for crocodiles and fish that we’ve created within a climate-controlled tropical dome, these latest habitats are ground-breaking – for both animals and our visitors,” says Richard.