Our zoo team’s actions to move the animals prior to the flooding, was critical to ensuring that these animals weren’t negatively affected by the flood water. Fortunately, the vast majority of the animals in our care are safe and well however we recovered the bodies of two small birds on Saturday – a zebra finch and a kōare – that appear to have been overwhelmed by the volume of rain and waterlogged and appear to be the only casualties of the storm.
The damage to these lower-lying areas is significant given the high level, volume and fast moving current of the water. Furniture such picnic benches and bins were moved around, buildings were flooded and there has been loss of animal feed, equipment and office supplies. Vital hay supplies were also lost and we are grateful to our suppliers for helping us to restock and ensure our ungulate species have the right food for the coming weeks.
As you can imagine, this clean-up will take several days and until structural and electrical assessments are completed, we are unable to open to visitors. Please check back via our social media channels and website as to when the Zoo will be able to reopen. As always, we hope that everyone is safe and well, and we look forward to seeing you soon.
A quick update: the Zoo partially re-opening from 9.30am on Saturday 4 February 2023 - to find out which areas of the Zoo are still closed, please visit or Zoo map.