Our environment is important to us and the animals we share our world with. Wellington Zoo leads the way in caring for our environment, and helping you to do the same.

CarboNZero Certified Zoo

Wellington Zoo is the world’s first carboNZero certified zoo. We’ve worked really hard to make some big changes that have reduced our environmental impact. We are continuing to:

  • Reduce – our waste and our use of power and water. 
  • Reuse – we compost and reuse building materials.
  • Recycle – our waste, rainwater, concrete, shop products.
  • Plant – thousands of native trees.

Turning our carbon emissions into native forests

We buy carbon credits for carbon emissions that we can’t reduce completely. Our carbon credits help regenerate native forest in the Pigeon Bush reserve. This provides more habitats for our native animals by connecting Rimutaka and Tararua Conservation Parks.

Native forest regenerating in the Pigeon Bush reserve

Green Zoo Green You

We're committed to being a Green Zoo, and helping you to be a Green You.

We think carefully about how we build new structures and products we buy.

We use forest-friendly wood and paper products that are FSC approved (Forestry Stewardship Council).

We reduce, reuse, recycle and compost.

We use energy efficient lighting and heaters.

We collect over 300,000 litres of rain in water tanks for bathrooms and cleaning.

We share our stories so you can join our environmental efforts.

You can do all of these things in your home too. Although, you might not need quite so much water as us!

Explore Green Zoo Green You at the Zoo