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Zoo plans weekend activities for Conservation Week

Press Release – Wellington Zoo
Wellington Zoo is celebrating Conservation Week this Labour weekend with a range of fun conservation themed activities based on this year’s Conservation Week theme of ‘Love my Backyard.’

‘It’s important to celebrate how close we are to nature in Wellington – from the Town Belt to the Zoo to the Coast you’re never far away from amazing animals and plants to inspire us to help care for wildlife,’ says Amy Hughes Wellington Zoo’s General Manager Community Engagement.

‘We celebrate conservation all year round at the Zoo, and love Conservation Week as it is another way we can shine a light on how we can all get involved in conservation in our ‘backyards’ and help to protect our local animals and plant life.’

‘An easy way to help protect native wildlife is to keep your dogs on a lead when you’re at the beach. This will help to protect the Kororā Little Penguins that live on our Wellington coastline. Alternatively, you can take your dog off lead at the great dog beaches around our city,’ says Peter Fraser, the Zoo’s Conservation Manager.

$1 from every Zoo entry purchased over Labour Weekend will be donated to the Wellington Zoo Conservation Fund. This fund enables the Zoo to support conservation projects in its own backyard and around the world.

‘Our latest local conservation project is working with the Department of Conservation to monitor geckos and skinks on Matiu Somes Island, helping to protect some of our smaller locals. The Conservation Fund allows Zoo staff to participate in amazing conservation initiatives like this.’

‘It is fantastic that visitors that come to the Zoo to help celebrate Conservation Week this weekend will not only be having a great time but will also be directly helping us to do this important work,’ says Peter.

Where: Wellington Zoo, 200 Daniell Street, Newtown
When: Labour Weekend, Sat 21, Sun 22 and Mon 23 October

Wellington Zoo is New Zealand’s first Zoo, established in 1906, and is Wellington’s oldest conservation organisation. Home to over 500 native and exotic animals, Wellington Zoo became a charitable trust in 2003. Wellington Zoo became the world’s first carbon Zero certified zoo in May 2013. Wellington Zoo is an accredited member of the Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia and a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

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  1. Cackle McFee, 17. October 2017, 11:39

    Ironic isn’t it, we destroy habitats, then cram a few of each species into cages and make people pay to come and stare at them.

  2. Protect the beaches, 17. October 2017, 14:26

    Problem is our great dog beaches have little blue penguins, skinks and geckos, native flora including spinifex and pingao and are part of a Marine Reserve. So should the dogs be allowed on these beaches at all let alone off-lead? What is DOC doing to protect these important ecosystems?

  3. Venus, 17. October 2017, 14:29

    When the WCC destroy the little blue penguins’ habitat with the Shelly Bay development, they will just put the ones that survive in the animal jail. I wonder why the conservationists are so quiet on the subject. Maybe they are all busy kill’in animals in the predator free 2050, with a stated goal of local animal extinctions.
    Shame Wellington is not progressive .

  4. Troy H, 18. October 2017, 14:29

    @protect our beaches, people in cars kill more little blue penguins than dogs do. It’s just you don’t hear about it. The media do not report all cases of people in cars killing a penguin. If a beach is a blue penguin habitat, i’ts obvious that dogs that go on it should be on controlled on leashes.