Welling­ton zoo

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For a truly New Zealand ex­pe­ri­ence, visit Welling­ton Zoo. You can ex­plore Meet the Lo­cals He Tuku Aroha, a love story to Aotearoa New Zealand, and ven­ture into The Twi­light Te Ao Mahina to meet kiwi and tu­atara. Cel­e­brat­ing na­tive wildlife, in­tro­duced lo­cals and our amaz­ing lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment, Meet the Lo­cals He Tuku Aroha is home to a va­ri­ety of an­i­mals in­clud­ing korora lit­tle blue pen­guins, sheep, kunekune pigs, bees, grand and Otago skinks and Maud Is­land frogs. “Meet the Lo­cals He Tuku Aroha is a jour­ney through New Zealand, go­ing from the coast to the farm then the bush,” says Karen Fi eld, Welling­ton Zoo’s chief ex­ec­u­tive, “We want to cel­e­brate New Zealand as it is to­day, and look at how we as a com­mu­nity can make it even bet­ter go­ing into the fu­ture.” “Meet the Lo­cals He Tuku Aroha is the nal project of our ten year re­de­vel­op­ment plan, dur­ing which time we have re­freshed most of the zoo. We’ve re- opened a large part of the zoo that vis­i­tors haven’t been able to ac­cess for some time, and we’re thrilled that we can do it with Meet the Lo­cals He Tuku Aroha, which has been a labour of love for our zoo team.” Meet the Lo­cals He Tuku Aroha is four habi­tats in one, with the ex­pe­ri­ence start­ing with the coastal habi­tat of the korora lit­tle blue pen­guins, be­fore head­ing into Po­hutukawa Farm where vis­i­tors will en­counter kunekune pigs, sheep, eels, bees, chick­ens and rab­bits. There are even veg­etable gar­dens that zoo vis­i­tors can help out with – har­vest­ing and plant­ing (or maybe even tast­ing)! After the farm, zoo vis­i­tors will head into an area of re­gen­er­at­ing na­tive bush, com­plete with 4000 na­tive plants and loads of op­por­tu­ni­ties for na­ture play. After ex­it­ing the bush via a swing bridge, vis­i­tors will learn all about our Con­ser­va­tion Cham­pi­ons – both cham­pion species, and how Welling­ton Zoo cham­pi­ons con­ser­va­tion work around New Zealand. Zoo vis­i­tors will get the chance to see some less well known na­tive an­i­mal lo­cals in­clud­ing Maud Is­land frogs and grand and Otago skinks. “Meet the Lo­cals He Tuku Aroha is the celebration of our coun­try, our an­i­mals and peo­ple,” Karen says. ‘We have also re­de­vel­oped our noc­tur­nal ex­pe­ri­ence The Twi­light Te Ao Mahina, where vis­i­tors can get close to our iconic na­tive species, kiwi and tu­atara.” Get close to New Zealand’s trea­sured na­tive an­i­mals at Welling­ton Zoo.

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