Guide and children at Brooklands Zoo
Image: Brooklands Zoo | ©

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Outdoor adventures at New Plymouth’s Brookland Zoo are now even more rewarding for Taranaki kids, as they can now earn a medal and a certificate.

Date:  28 September 2017

Brooklands Zoo has joined the Toyota Kiwi Guardians programme. This is a partnership with the Department of Conservation and Toyota New Zealand, which aims to get kids into nature with activities to encourage an interest in conservation.

After a great zoo outing, kids can find the unique codeword on the zoo's Kiwi Guardian post and enter it at to claim their reward.

"The kids will be outside in the fresh air and learning about conservation while having a fun adventure at the zoo," says Brooklands Zoo Coordinator Eve Cozzi.

Kids can print off a Brooklands Zoo map from the Kiwi Guardians website, which will show them a route around the Butterfly Garden, Insect Hotel, frog and bat displays, the Wētā Hotel, the Native Plant Garden, the Farmyard Barn, the cotton-top tamarins and the little blue penguin nest-box display.

Taranaki has four other Toyota Kiwi Guardians sites: Dawson Falls and North Egmont on Mt Taranaki, Ratapihipihi and Rotokare scenic reserves.

Kids can also earn medals to home by doing activities such as making a wētā motel or a lizard lounge, or by going camping.

Toyota Kiwi Guardians encourages families to foster connections to nature, which will help ensure that our nature has guardians in every generation.


Denise Rowland
DOC Community Ranger - Kaitiaki, Āo Hāpori
Phone: +64 6 759 7197

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