Animal health and happiness at the heart of Brooklands Zoo

NPDC’s Brooklands Zoo has again received international acclaim for its excellence and commitment to animal welfare.

Senior keeper Maxine Jenkins weighs one of Brooklands Zoo’s cotton-headed tamarins

This is the third consecutive time the zoo has been accredited by the Zoo Aquarium Association (ZAA), which represents zoos, aquariums, sanctuaries and wildlife parks across Australasia.

“ZAA does its reviews from the animal’s perspective – it’s a holistic approach and asks if the animal is having a fulfilling life of positive experiences,” says Eve Cozzi, NPDC’s Brooklands Zoo manager.

“The fact that we have achieved accreditation three times in a row is a testament to all the hard work and dedication to animal welfare that our zoo team provides on a daily basis.”

ZAA accreditation is evaluated every three years. Zoo staff make their own assessment of each animal’s nutrition, environment, physical health, behavior and mental state. A ZAA assessor then conducts an on-site visit to verify what has been reported.

Eve says each round of the three-year accreditation process has been slightly different as science, technology and animal welfare research evolves.

“Visitors can be assured that our animal care meets the latest animal welfare standards,” she says.

Fast facts:

  • Brooklands Zoo is owned and operated by New Plymouth District Council.
  • It’s been a kids’ favorite and a New Plymouth icon since it opened in 1965.
  • There are 29 species of native and exotic mammals, birds and reptiles at the zoo.
  • The zoo is an MPI (Ministry of Primary Industries) approved facility.
  • Approximately 113,000 people visit Brooklands Zoo each year.


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