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$25K raised for low decile schools to visit Wellington Zoo

27 February 2014

The Warehouse Zoofari raises $25K for low decile schools to visit Wellington Zoo

This week The Warehouse presented Wellington Zoo with a cheque for just over $25,000 – the result of in-store fundraising to support low decile schools from the Wellington region to visit the Zoo.

The Warehouse Zoofari is a three-year partnership between Wellington Zoo and The Warehouse, which began in 2013 with fundraising in The Warehouse’s Wellington stores.

The proceeds are to go towards enabling students from decile 1-3 schools to experience conservation-based learning programmes at the Zoo, and assisting with transport costs to Wellington Zoo.

“Wellington Zoo and The Warehouse are both very involved in our communities, and The Warehouse Zoofari is a fantastic initiative that aims to make Zoo-based learning as accessible to our community as possible,” said Karen Fifield, Wellington Zoo Chief Executive.

”All kids should have the chance to connect with nature on a personal level, and the unique learning environment at Wellington Zoo can help them do just that.”

”We’re incredibly grateful for the support of The Warehouse on this project. Over $25,000 is a wonderful result and will go a long way in helping us achieve this goal.”

“The Warehouse is very pleased to support Wellington Zoo and provide an opportunity for low decile schools to experience the Zoo this year,” said Tere Maden, Store Manager of The Warehouse Paraparaumu.

“The Zoo has developed some very exciting new precincts that children will have great fun visiting, and they’ll have a great learning experience.”

Nearly 10,000 students from over 250 schools visited Wellington Zoo in 2013 to participate in Ministry of Education Learning Experiences Outside the Classroom (LEOTC) programmes.

Wellington Zoo is currently receiving Zoofari applications from schools.

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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