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Early childhood education at Wellington Zoo

Early childhood education at Wellington Zoo off to a Wild Start

Wild Start,

Wellington Zoo’s new early childhood programme, started with a roar this Friday 25 July.

Designed for children aged 18 months – 3 years, Wild Start is exclusively available to Wellington Zoo Crew members, and utilises play-based and interactive learning sessions to help toddlers celebrate the wonder of animals.

“Wild Start is a newly developed learning programme that we’re really proud of. It’s important to connect kids with animals from an early age, and this programme is all about encouraging young children to explore the natural world around them,” said Lynn Allan, Wellington Zoo Learning Manager.

Led by Zoo Educators, each Wild Start session is unique. Activities in Term 3 include meeting and touching some of Wellington Zoo’s special contact animals, helping to prepare animal enrichment, and participating in nature-based story-telling, music and dancing.

For more information about Wild Start in Term 4, email zooevents@wellingtonzoo.com or call 04 384 3692.


Wild Start runs between 9.45-10.30am every Friday during the school term.


Wild Start is exclusive to Zoo Crew members and costs just $10 per child, per session. There is no charge for their accompanying adult.


Spaces are limited and need to be pre-booked online at www.wellingtonzoo.com.

About Wellington Zoo

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 carboNZero 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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