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Celebrate Conservation Week at Wellington Zoo

16 October 2017

Celebrate Conservation Week at Wellington Zoo this Labour Weekend


Wellington Zoo is celebrating Conservation Week 2017 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
For More Info: http://bit.ly/2yjmGV5

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 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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