The Conservation Fund supports conservation efforts in the wild.
Zoo staff established the Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund in 2000 to support conservation efforts in the wild, in New Zealand and overseas.
Funds are raised from visitor admissions and donations.
To date, the fund has raised over $4,000,000 to support a wide variety of conservation projects aligned with the work of Auckland Zoo.
We support our own staff to develop or utilise their specialist skills and participate in field conservation initiatives. These can be projects led by Auckland Zoo or by other conservation partners. On average, the Zoo spends approximately 11,000 hours working on around 40 projects around New Zealand and overseas to conserve wildlife and wild habitat.
We also provide financial resources for external organisations and individuals to carry out vital field conservation work in New Zealand and overseas.
The Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund Small Grants Programme exists to help provide relatively small levels of funding for ongoing projects or pilot programmes with clear conservation value.
Small grants will be awarded up to a maximum of NZD$5000. However, in most cases, successful grants will be in the region of NZD$2000 – $4000. The amount applied for through the programme should represent a minimum of 25% of the project’s overall budget.