Zoo Opportunities for Schools

Opportunities for the Children



From Auckland Zoo

Free zoo education opportunity for Northland and Auckland schools


Hundreds of students from low decile schools in Northland will be able to experience a free zoo education experience, complete with roaring lions, howling monkeys and squawking macaws, thanks to the expansion of an innovative partnership between Auckland Zoo and The Warehouse.

Now into its third year, The Warehouse School Zoofari is extending its reach into schools around the Northland region, adding to the 4000 Auckland students who will also participate in the programme in terms two and three of 2015.

Thanks to funding from The Warehouse and with support from Ritchies Transport, students can look forward to a Ministry of Education certified learning experience, with the Zoo as a backdrop and many of the world’s most beautiful and endangered species as the subject matter.

Auckland Zoo Discovery and Learning manager Brian Ireland is thrilled to be extending Zoofari to schools in Northland – an opportunity that the students may not have otherwise had.

“When Mangere East Primary School had their Zoofari experience in October, it was the first time many of them had ever been to the Zoo. We’re excited that Northland students will now have the same access to the magic of a zoo learning experience as their Auckland peers.”

The experience is facilitated by an Auckland Zoo educator who works with teachers to ensure integration into the school curriculum. Northland schools have the added excitement of a barbecue dinner and sleepover in the Zoo’s Old Elephant House.

Funding for the 2015 programme will come from an ‘Add $1’ promotion running in The Warehouse Auckland and Northland stores from 5-18 January, as well as in Auckland Zoo.

The Warehouse Executive GM Community and Environment, Paul Walsh is delighted the programme is able to extend beyond Auckland.

“The Warehouse is committed to supporting the community and enhancing the lives of families and young people, so we are really happy the Zoofari programme will continue for the third year running thanks to the generosity of our customers.

“Auckland Zoo’s Discovery and Learning Centre provides fantastic learning opportunities to the thousands of children who will now be able to visit it.”




Further Information

Northland and Auckland schools interested in finding out more about The Warehouse School Zoofari can visit www.aucklandzoo.co.nz/education.

The Warehouse stores participating in the ‘Add $1’ campaign are: Dargaville, Kaitaia, Waipapa, Kaikohe, Whangarei, Snells Beach, Whangaparaoa, Silverdale, Albany, Milford, Glenfield Mall, Birkenhead, Downtown, Newmarket, St Lukes, Mt Roskill, Royal Oak, New Lynn, Westcity, Westgate, Lincoln, Airport, Clendon, Manukau, Botany Downs, Pakuranga and  Sylvia Park.

Auckland Zoo cafes and store, WildZone, are also participating, along with Compass Cafés at The Warehouse Store Support Office and The Warehouse Distribution Centre. The Ministry of Education Auckland Region for eligible schools extends as far as Pukekohe.



Auckland Zoo is operated by Regional Facilities Auckland (RFA), a council-controlled organisation of Auckland Council.  It is home to the largest collection of native and exotic wildlife species in New Zealand (more than 1000 animals and 130 species) and attracts more than 700,000 visitors annually.   At the heart of all Auckland Zoo’s work and activities is its mission: “to bring people together to build a future for wildlife”.  A key conservation project is the creation of a unique new wildlife reserve on Rotoroa Island in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf with the Rotoroa Island Trust.



The Warehouse’s support of New Zealand communities is one of its key strategic commitments. In more than 30 years of operation, through the generosity of its customers, suppliers and team members The Warehouse has contributed more than $40 million to charities and communities throughout New Zealand.