Zoo Staff doing conservation work at Owhiro Bay

Wellington Zoo launches Local Conservation Grants Programme

Wellington Zoo is excited to announce the launch of the Wellington Zoo Conservation Fund Local Grants Programme during Conservation Week in Aotearoa. The Zoo is offering funding for projects or programmes in the Greater Wellington Region and the Chatham Islands with clear community conservation value for native wildlife and wild places.

“Conservation is at the heart of everything we do at Wellington Zoo and we’re thrilled to be launching our local conservation grants programme during Conservation Week 2019,” says Wellington Zoo’s Conservation Manager, Clare Stringer. “Thanks to the support of our community and Zoo visitors that contribute to the Wellington Zoo Conservation Fund, we can support our local conservation community for projects up to $5,000 NZD.”

“We want to show our support for our local community conservation projects and those who are doing fantastic work on the ground to conserve our wildlife and wild places,” says Clare. “Applications are open now, so we’d love to have people from as many community conservation projects apply as possible. All the information they need to know on how to apply, and what we are looking to fund, is on the Zoo’s website.”

“People may be wondering why we have invited applicants from the Chatham Islands to apply for the local grants programme. Like Wellington Zoo, the Chatham Islands is part of the Rongotai Electorate, so we wanted to include them as well,” says Clare.  

Wellington Zoo supports many local conservation efforts and projects around Aotearoa New Zealand, including West Coast Penguin Trust, ZEALANDIA, and Kea Conservation Trust. Zoo staff also supports the Department of Conservation to help monitor the Wellington Green and Ngahere Geckos on Matiu Somes Island. Wellington Zoo’s largest contribution to conservation is through their work at The Nest Te Kōhanga, treating and rehabilitating sick and injured native wildlife, so they can be returned back to the wild.

Wellington Zoo are accepting grant applications via their website now and applications close 5pm, Thursday 31 October 2019.

For more information, visit our website: www.wellingtonzoo.com/conservation/local-grants

About Wellington Zoo

Wellington Zoo is New Zealand’s first Zoo, established in 1906, and is Wellington’s oldest conservation organisation. Home to over 500 native and exotic animals, Wellington Zoo became a charitable trust in 2003.

Wellington Zoo became the world’s first carboNZero certified zoo in May 2013.

Wellington Zoo is an accredited member of the Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia and a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

For more information please contact MediaWZT@wellingtonzoo.com

Visiting the Chatham Islands since 1996, Dave works for the Department of Conservation providing advice on the management of threatened species.