Auckland Zoo and the support of wildlife conservation in the wild Zoos play an increasingly important role in the conservation of species and habitats in the wild. Members of the World Zoo and Aquarium Association (WAZA) currently collectively spend an estimated $425 million per year on conservation actions in the wild. Zoos are therefore the third largest supporter of wildlife conservation globally. Auckland Zoo’s mission is to, ‘Bring People Together to Build a Future for Wildlife’. One of the five strategies identified to help deliver on this mission is, ‘Conserving wildlife in wild places’. Two of the key ways in which Auckland Zoo supports wildlife conservation in the wild – both in New Zealand and around the world – is by providing financial support to conservation projects through the Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund and by providing Zoo staff to work in conservation projects in the wild. In 2013/14 the Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund supported 36 projects and awarded $323,865.94 of grants. This support included 10 small grants, 11 category 1 and 2 international projects and 15 category 1 and 2 domestic projects. A total of $34,327 from the fund was directed to facilitating Zoo staff spending time in the field on conservation projects by covering the cost of equipment, transport and other logistic support. Details of these grants and the projects they supported are contained in part 1 of this report. Additionally, 85 Auckland Zoo staff spent a total of 10,113 hours working outside of the Zoo on 28 field conservation projects during this reporting period. This equates to 4.86 full time members of Auckland Zoo staff in the field for the entire year – with an equivalent financial value of $373,335.00. Sixteen of the 28 projects (57%) also received financial support from the Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund. Details regarding Zoo staff work in the field are contained in part 2 of this report. Just over half of the field work undertaken by Auckland Zoo staff in 2013/14 was on the Rotoroa Island project in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf. This project contributes to the Rotoroa Island Trust’s aims of establishing Rotoroa as an arts, heritage and conservation park. The Zoo and Aquarium Association of Australasia and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums of North America include additional categories of support in their definition of Field Conservation.
Auckland Zoo field conservation report - 2013 / 2014