4 things ZAA-accredited zoos and aquariums did for Conservation Week
Conservation Week/ Te Wiki Tiaki Ao Tūroa is always an important time of year in New Zealand, but this year was particularly so with the 50th anniversary of the event. ZAA-accredited zoos and aquariums in New Zealand held a vast range of activities to engage their communities with this year’s theme: ‘nature needs us’. Here are four ways zoos and aquariums celebrated Conservation Week:
Family and student activities
Auckland Zoo held fun activities at their Wild Work centre, where visitors created seed-bombs to spread healthy herbs and vegetables in their backyards to help native wildlife thrive.
The Hamilton Zoo education team hosted a special event for school students at neighbouring Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park, which is a large-scale restoration project which covers about 60ha. New Zealand’s largest inland restoration project, the aim is to recreate an example of the Hamilton Basin’s previously rich ecological diversity.
Almost 350 students from 14 Waikato schools joined the Hamilton Zoo team for the chance to venture into the park and see the fantastic restoration work going on at Waiwhakareke first hand.
Kiwi North partnered with a range of organisations to deliver an event called ‘Friends or Foe in Your Backyard’, a free event for people interested in the native and endemic species that live around them and want to create and protect habitats that encourage these species to thrive in their locality.
Natureland Wildlife Trust kicked off the weekend with a hunt to find five ways you can help their Conservation Critters. The activity encouraged kids to find all five native species hiding around the park. The activity aimed to engage the kids with the five featured species and help them discover a few ways they can help them and their homes survive.
Rainbow Springs Nature Park collaborated with Forest and Bird's Kiwi Conservation Club to hold BioBlitz 2019, a unique and interactive way to understand what’s happening to the local environment over a period of time. For this fun research project, their guides taught participants new ways to get involved in local conservation activities with the Kiwi Conservation Club – connecting Kiwi kids to New Zealand’s amazing wildlife and wild places.