As conservation advocates, we have to put our own house in order
if we are to influence our visitors and stakeholders. Accordingly,
in March 2006, we appointed a Coordinator and began to implement
our Environmental Management System. An early success has been cost-savings
and practical changes in the waste disposal system. Not only have
we reduced our landfill volume by 97 percent, but our waste disposal
costs have been lowered by nearly $1,000 a month. Waste is now sorted
into compostable (85%) and non-compostable, which includes both
recyclable (12%) and “general” waste (3%). The compostable
waste is sent to a commercial operation at a much lower cost than
the previous delivery to landfill. And it’s being reused to
help city gardens.
We have also made significant savings in water usage. The Zoo went
from using 49 million litres of water in 2004/05 to 33 million litres
in 2005/06. This represents a 33 percent reduction in usage which
is a great conservation effort. We will continue to make changes
to further reduce the Zoo’s water use.
We look forward to reporting further success as this programme
continues to be implemented.
We have contributed to the conservation of biodiversity in the
Australasian region by our breeding programmes for regionally managed
As described in the Animal Collection section, we also exchanged
or imported several individuals – gibbons, agouti, and servals
– to support breeding programmes.
Zoo staff members have continued to make contributions to conservation
in the field. Katja Geschke helped with the satellite tagging of
the female NZ sea lions in the Auckland Islands and assisted DoC
on Kapiti Island to diagnose and treat lesions on the ears of Short-tailed
Four of our keeping staff were asked to do the monitoring of Kaka
breeding at Karori Wildlife Sanctuary. Eight nest sites were recorded
and the monitoring of egg development, hatching, weighing, and banding
of chicks kept them busy until the chicks fledged. Some chicks were
fitted with radio transmitters to enable monitoring to continue.
Chris Castles, the Zoo’s bird keeper, helped the Department
of Conservation with blue duck banding in the wild.
Chimpanzee keeper Jo Turton, volunteered at the Ugandan Wildlife
Education Centre for work experience.