Earlier this week, Wellington Zoo's Chief Executive, Karen Fifield MNZM signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Canberra Zoo and Wildlife Reserves Singapore to promote education and information sharing across the city’s zoos.

MOU Signing

Mike Barclay from Wildlife Reserves Singapore, Karen Fifield from Wellington Zoo & Richard Tindale from National Zoo & Aquarium in Canberra

It’s the first international agreement between Canberra, Singapore and Wellington and creates an unprecedented level of cooperation and sharing between the three wildlife organisations.

The MOU was signed between the National Zoo & Aquarium director, Richard Tindale, Wildlife Reserves Singapore CEO, Mike Barclay and Wellington Zoo Trust Chief Executive, Karen Fifield MNZM.

With a focus on animal conservation and environmental security, the zoos have agreed to eight key activities, including to:

  • cooperate to deliver staff training
  • offer staff exchanges
  • share information such as animal care manuals, conservation and sustainability processes
  • partner in conservation projects of mutual interest
  • conduct joint workshops or roadshows to promote animal welfare.

"We are thrilled to celebrate the city relationships and are committed to deepening our relationship with these two fellow progressive zoos," said Karen Fifield, Wellington Zoo. "This partnership enables us to put our combined weight behind conservation programmes, sustainability initiatives and advancing animal welfare in our zoos."