South East Asia is one of the most species-rich and threatened places on earth with huge conservation issues and challenges. It is a region close to our hearts that has long been a strong focus for the Zoo and one that we are very active in supporting, as our South East Asia project reflects.
This is part of Auckland Zoo’s 10-year Future Zoo development and Auckland Council’s long-term plan, the 2-year construction is well underway. South East Asia will be an expansive new home for our orangutans, siamang gibbons, tigers, and otters. In addition, a large transparent climate-controlled dome, reflective of an Indonesian swamp forest, will be home to new species including false gharial crocodiles and a diversity of freshwater reptiles and fish.