Wellington Scoop

Wellington Zoo attracts 200,000 visitors – a record

Press Release – Wellington Zoo
With just a few days left in 2012, Wellington Zoo is celebrating another fantastic year, filled with milestones and achievements.

“2012 has been a great year for Wellington Zoo” said James Araci, Wellington Zoo Group Manager Commercial Development.

“In September we opened our new Asia Precinct, which provides homes for our Malayan Sun Bears, Sean and Sasa, and our Sumatran Tigers, Cantik and Rokan. Since then we’ve loved seeing our community get closer than ever to these beautiful endangered animals”

“We have also been proud to announce our partnership with 21st Century Tiger, a global wild tiger conservation fund. 21st Century Tiger put 100% of their donations towards supporting field projects which give wild tigers a future. Combined with our ongoing support for Sun Bear conservation with Free the Bears, we’re connecting our visitors with conservation projects around the world. ”

“Before that we also opened Green Zoo Green You, which is a fun and interactive space to learn about how simple choices can benefit our environment and the animals we share it with.” said Karen Fifield, Wellington Zoo Chief Executive.

“But perhaps most importantly, we have just welcomed our 200,000th visitor this year- which makes it the second year in a row that we have broken all previous attendance records. This year we have hit that mark several weeks earlier than 2011 thanks to the support we receive from Wellington’s community.”

The lucky 200,000th visitor Kylie Carter was presented with a special prize of a Meerkat Close Encounter for four people by Wellington Mayor her Worship Celia Wade-Brown this afternoon.

We are so grateful to our community of visitors and fans – who have been there with us throughout this very special year. We hope that our community will continue to support our vision for Wellington Zoo to be part of making Wellington a leading eco-city.

We hope to welcome many more visitors to Wellington Zoo in 2013, and want to thank Wellington City Council for helping us to connect more people with nature than ever before.

Wellington Zoo is a charitable trust principally funded by the Wellington City Council


Content Sourced from scoop.co.nz
Original url


  1. maggy wassilieff, 21. December 2012, 15:31

    This puts paid to Zealandia’s claim that its visitor numbers were down because of the financial downturn.. Seems that the Zoo offers much better value for its entry fee than Zealandia does.

  2. Guy, 21. December 2012, 22:47

    Well, Maggie, might that not be just because the Zoo is massively financially supported by the Council ?

  3. maggy wassilieff, 22. December 2012, 11:58

    Yep, Guy, I agree….. and what would you call WCC’s 2005 interest- free $10 million loan and free leasehold rights over publicly-owned land .. (let alone the recent bail-out of about $2.1 million to Zealandia) ? I would call it
    massive financial support.
    Have a read of the recent “Review of Zealandia”..(you can download it from Zealandia’s website).
    Perhaps there’s a few folk associated with Zealandia who haven’t got a clue about running a business model, and even fewer clues about the responsibilities associated with public money.