42 Facts About Auckland Zoo


Auckland Zoo opened in 1922 experiencing early difficulties mainly due to animal health issues.

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Auckland Zoo is separated loosely into areas defined by the region of origin of the species exhibited, its taxonomy, or by biome.

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Auckland Zoo is a full institutional member of the Zoo and Aquarium Association, and received ISO 14001 accreditation for its Environmental Management System in 2007.

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Auckland Zoo went to Africa in 1923 to acquire species for the newly formed zoo.

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Auckland Zoo called for a clear objective for the zoo, attention to education, relaxation of importing animal restrictions, and the increased ability to exhibit native New Zealand birds.

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Auckland Zoo's name was Chimo and he was born in the early sixties.

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Auckland Zoo was believed to be approximately 50 years old and had carried over 750,000 guests.

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Animals deemed unsuitable for Auckland were transferred or phased out of the zoo's collection.

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Auckland Zoo had four more calves between 1988 and 1992, none of which survived.

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Auckland Zoo quickly investigated the feasibility of a third stop in Auckland.

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Auckland Zoo was joined in January 2003 by a two-year-old female, Hoi-An, from Singapore Zoo.

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Nadi was transferred to Wellington Auckland Zoo and following Nip's death, the zoo formed an all female group consisting of mother and daughter Jaya and Jade and Jade's six daughters.

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Auckland Zoo gave birth again in December 2002 to triplets, Chico, Badal and Khorshuva.

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Auckland Zoo later became the zoo's breeding male after Irian left for Adelaide Zoo in 2006 and his parents, Itam and Iuri left for Hamilton Zoo in 2009.

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Auckland Zoo was paired with a female, Kera, who arrived from Mogo Zoo in October 2009.

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In 2002, Auckland Zoo temporarily hosted female sea lions, Rosey and Cody from Marineland.

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Auckland Zoo fathered a male kitten named Moholo, who is Auckland Zoo's new breeding male.

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Auckland Zoo gave birth to triplets in 2004, males Inkosi and Suda, and a female, Ngozi.

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Auckland Zoo gave birth to her fifth calf, Dume in 2006 and her sixth calf Ntombi in 2007.

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In November 2005, a male New Zealand fur seal, Kaioko, arrives at Auckland Zoo, he is later joined by a female New Zealand fur seal, Moana, in June 2006 and a male Sub Antarctic fur seal, Orua, in August 2007.

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In September 2007, Auckland Zoo opened the New Zealand Centre for Conservation Medicine - the first national centre for conservation medicine in the world - replacing the zoo's old vet centre.

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In January 2008, Auckland Zoo's first litter of meerkat pups were born to parents, Umi and Mbembe.

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In May 2009, Auckland Zoo decided to phase out the chacma baboon subspecies and focus on the hamadryas baboon, which is housed in zoos throughout the region.

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Auckland Zoo was joined by a female named Shamwari in November 2012 In March 2013, Unyazi was sent to Taronga Zoo.

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In September 2010, eight-year-old female red panda Khosuva, was sent to Darjeeling Auckland Zoo to participate in their breeding programme, Project Red Panda, which is aimed at breeding red panda for release into the wild.

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In return, Auckland Zoo received a 10-year-old male red panda named Sagar to be paired with their female, Amber.

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In November 2013, Auckland Zoo sent their breeding male, Oz, to Hamilton Zoo to contribute to their breeding programme.

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In September 2011, Auckland Zoo completed its largest project in the zoo's history, Te Wao Nui.

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Auckland Zoo currently has three female lions, Kura, Sheeka and Amira and have no plans to import a male in the immediate future.

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In February 2014, Auckland Zoo announced the successful breeding and rearing of twin lesser short-tailed bats, a species endemic to New Zealand.

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Auckland Zoo was introduced to some of the zoo's native animals, including kea, tuatara, weta and long finned eels.

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Auckland Zoo was paired with a female mate, Kera, but did not bond with her, and frequently sought human interaction by calling continuously at the viewing windows.

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In March 2015, Auckland Zoo first announced that 8-year-old Asian elephant Anjalee would be coming to the zoo from Sri Lanka halfway through the year to be a companion for lone elephant Burma.

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Auckland Zoo has to spend a 3-month quarantine period on Niue before coming to Auckland.

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In January 2017, the morning of New Year's Eve, Auckland Zoo welcomed the arrival of twin giraffe calves born to 7-year-old mother, Kiraka.

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Auckland Zoo has a flock of greater flamingos, which are the only flock of flamingos in Australasia.

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Auckland Zoo is currently home to over 1,400 individuals representing 135 species, and covers 16.

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Auckland Zoo staff are sent to assist projects in New Zealand and overseas, where they lend and develop their specialist skills.

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In July 2009, following Cadbury's decision to add palm oil to their chocolate, Auckland Zoo made the decision to pulling the company's products from its shops, restaurant and animal feed because of the damage palm oil production does to rainforests in south east Asia, home to animals such as the sumatran tiger and orangutan.

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The decision, backed by Wellington Auckland Zoo, was further supported by users of social networking sites who set up "boycott Cadbury" groups, and a petition was signed urging Parliament to warn consumers about palm oil.

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In September 2010, Auckland Zoo sent one of its female red panda, Khosuva to Darjeeling Zoo, northern India, to become part of a breeding programme to repopulate India's Singalalia National Park near Nepal.

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Auckland Zoo helps educate school children about their own environment and the animal kingdom in general at the Discovery and Learning Centre.

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