Wellington Zoo Trust

Wellington Zoo is New Zealand's first Zoo, having been established in 1906. Wellington Zoo became a charitable trust in 2003, previously it had operated as part of Wellington City Council. The Trust Board has been instrumental in moving the Zoo forward and addressing legacy issues. One of the biggest successes for the Trust Board is the Zoo Capital Programme (ZCP) a ten year redevelopment plan for the Zoo, signed off by Wellington City Council in December 2006. The Trust raised funds of $5 million in five years to unlock Council's funding for this capital development programme.

Animal Care

In 2014 Wellington Zoo established an Animal Welfare Committee – a testimony to our dedication to excellence in animal welfare. The Committee’s role is to ensure that the animals at Wellington Zoo are treated with dignity and respect, that their quality of life needs are met and that Wellington Zoo is positioned as an industry leader, an advocate and an authority on animal welfare best practice.

Wellington Zoo is a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) and  follows the animal welfare strategy Caring for Wildlife: The World Aquarium and Zoo Association Animal Welfare Strategy

As a member of the Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA), we are proud to have been accredited under their Animal Welfare Accreditation. 


Wellington Zoo is a magical place of learning and fun, leaving visitors with a sense of wonder and respect for nature and a belief in the need for a sustainable co-existence between wildlife and people.


Wellington Zoo Trust’s four strategic elements are to:

1. Connect people with animals

2. Save animals in the wild

3. Lead the way

4. Fostering love and support for the Zoo.

Wellington Zoo Trust Board Members:

Ross Martin (Chair)

Frances Russell JP (Deputy Chair)

Linda Meade

Raewyn Bleakley

Sarah Free

Craig Ellison

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Zoo and Aquarium Association

Wellington Zoo is a member of the Zoo and Aquarium Association; an umbrella organisation for zoos in the Australasian region. Zoos under this organisation are committed to cooperatively managing their animal collections in ways that promote their sustainability and value as a conservation resource.