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No mere cat: the Meerkat encounter at Wellington Zoo

by Joanna September 11, 2012

Wellington Zoo is now offering MEERKAT ENCOUNTERS. The capital letters are there to try to convey my excitement when I heard the news. I don’t think even capital letters can convey how excited I was when the zoo invited us along to meet the meerkats for ourselves. I’m making it my aim to touch all […]

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A lion (and others) in winter

by Joanna August 8, 2012

Right now the magnolias are in bloom along Roy Street in Newtown, and it’s gorgeous. But of course, it’s around this time last year that it snowed, so don’t be fooled – it’s still winter. The good news though, means that Wellington Zoo has entry for only $5 on Wednesdays throughout all of August. Naturally […]

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Eva Dixon’s to get the boot from the Zoo

by noizyboy February 18, 2008

The DomPost reports that Eva Dixon’s Cafe is being given the old heave-ho from Wellington Zoo. The contract for the running of the Zoo’s cafe came up last October, and, as co-owner John Heald said…

We were under the impression it wouldn’t have been a problem and were waiting for the paperwork to come through …

But no! The Zoo weighed up their options, and have decided to go with faceless, characterless corporate catering outfit Spotless.

Says Karen Fifield, chief executive of the Zoo…

We wanted to make a commercial decision which was going to result in value for the zoo.

Given that Eva’s is ‘predominantly family-run and locally owned’, and Spotless, well, aren’t (and hardly have a, err, ‘spotless’ reputation with regards to treating their staff well), it might be argued that the Zoo is flying in the face of one of their own stated goals, which is to “generate lasting community support by raising the profile of the Zoo and making the Zoo relevant to all Wellingtonians.” (Admittedly, it does fulfill their goal of increasing “…financial sustainability by increasing revenue…”).

Whatever the case, if you’d like to vent your opinion on this particular issue to someone who has some sway in the Zoo’s affairs, drop Celia Wade-Brown a line – she’s the WCC Councillor in charge of the Zoo Trust.

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Zoo(m) time

by Mike Riversdale May 4, 2007

Where's that bus?(sorry, that title is naff)

In a nutshell, if you go to Newtown on the bus (Go Wellington or Stagecoach) between now and June 30th you pay half price for entrance to the Zoo on that day.

Remember to ask the driver for the Zoo voucher.

Usual Zoo admission charges are:

  • children under 3 free,
  • children 3-16 years $6
  • and adults $15.

Buses to Newtown include #1 (Island Bay), #3 (Lyall Bay), #10 (Newtown), #11 (Seatoun) … spoilt for choice.
And then it’s a walk up from Newtown shops to the Zoo [map]

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Extreme Poo – Wellington Zoo

by llew August 3, 2005

Events Calendar: “Extreme Poo Identification Competition Wellington Zoo will hold an Extreme Poo Identification Competition on 6 & 7 August. As part of the Conservation Week theme ‘Everything is Connected’, the Zoo invites you to correctly identify different types of animal poo to win a prize. Listen to the Keeper talks throughout the day to […]

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