Here at Auckland Zoo we take our environmental responsibility extremely seriously. Zoos aim to contribute to the conservation of biological diversity, but this aim is undermined if we work in ways that deplete natural resources or pollute our environment. Auckland Zoo has made environmental leaps and bounds since first setting goals in 2001 to reduce our footprint.
Click on the headings below for a snapshot of how Auckland Zoo is looking after our precious planet:
Auckland Zoo is ISO 14001 accredited. This is an international standard of an Environmental Management System (EMS), which commits the Zoo to legal compliance, pollution prevention and continued improvement in environmental management. Underlying our EMS is a robust environmental policy, which is committed to by all staff and contractors and is made available to the public via our website.
It is important that zoos are not a drain on the remaining wild populations of threatened species. The world's more progressive zoos now work closely with each other to decide which species are held in which zoos, and how they are managed. Through this co-operative approach, zoos are able to reduce (and in most cases eliminate) the need to collect animals from the wild or to import animals into their region to supplement existing captive populations. The benefits of this approach include increased viability and sustainability of zoo populations, and more opportunities to actively contribute to conserving wildlife.