Fresh air, fun at zoo
Take the kids to the zoo during the holidays.
Outdoor adventures at Brooklands Zoo has just got more rewarding for kids.
Not only will they be able to enjoy all the animals, they can now earn a medal and a certificate.
The New Plymouth District Council-owned zoo has joined the Toyota Kiwi Guardians programme, a partnership with the Department of Conservation and Toyota New Zealand that aims to get kids into nature with activities to encourage an interest in conservation.
After a great zoo outing, kids can find the unique code word on the zoo’s Kiwi Guardian post and enter it at www.kiwiguardians.co.nz to claim their reward.
‘‘The kids will be outside in the fresh air and learning about conservation while having a fun adventure at the zoo,’’ says NPDC Brooklands Zoo co-ordinator Eve Cozzi.
Kids can print off a Brooklands Zoo map from the Kiwi Guardians’ website, which will show them a route around the Butterfly Garden, Insect Hotel, frog and bat displays, the We¯ta¯ Hotel, the Native Plant Garden, the Farmyard Barn, the cotton-top tamarins and the little blue penguin nest-box display.
Taranaki has four other Toyota Kiwi Guardians sites: Dawson Falls and North Egmont on Mt Taranaki, Ratapihipihi and Rotokare scenic reserves.
Kids can also earn medals at home by doing activities such as making a we¯ta¯ motel or a lizard lounge, or by going camping.
Toyota Kiwi Guardians encourages families to foster connections to nature, which will help ensure that our nature has guardians in every generation.
There’s a list of Actions to do and a map of Adventure sites at www.kiwiguardians.co.nz