The Strategic Plan focuses
on innovative and effective animal welfare and conservation activities
that also create rich learning experiences for visitors.
- It lays out modest but exciting investment plans for new styles
of exhibits, renewed animal stocks, and improved veterinary techniques
and facilities – as well as more intriguing visitor amenities
and programmes. While Council and partner funding will be required
for these investments, significantly increased visitor revenues
will in the long term lead to greater financial independence.
- It builds on existing partnerships to make a greater contribution
to conservation through community-based projects, research, and
managed breeding programmes.
- It presents sustainable management and living practices as
a core Zoo theme, attracting eco-tourists and helping to promote
Wellington as a place to visit.
- It draws on internationally recognised learning programmes
and experiences to be developed by Zoo educators and advisory
groups from throughout the Wellington region, and staged in new
and refurbished learning centres around the Zoo.
- It offers innovative exhibit design that allows visitors interaction
through sight, smell, and hearing, and a seamless environment
where visitors can have close encounters in some cases, or seem
to in others.
- It provides ways for Zoo staff to share information about the
animals, which will enrich the visitors' active experience and
understanding and their connection to the animals and their world.
- It maintains the extremely high professional standards of animal
care and conservation activities for which the Zoo has become