Record smashed at Auckland Zoo

Thousands flock to glimpse new animals

Last updated 13:38 24/07/2012
Te Wao Nui
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Auckland Zoo has officially opened its new native species precinct, home to such creatures as little blue penguins.

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Auckland Zoo has had its busiest ever year ever with more than 700,000 visitors flooding through its gates.

In the 12 months to June 30, 710,000 people visited - a 74,000 increase on the previous year.

The zoo credits its award-winning New Zealand precinct, Te Wao Nui which opened in September last year, as a "major catalyst" for the record number of visitors.

The number of international visitors jumped by two thirds in the first six months following the precinct's opening, compared with the same period last year.

"Aucklanders, as well as domestic and international visitors to the city, have streamed through the gates, eager to experience the zoo's biggest development in our nearly 90-year history," Auckland Zoo director Jonathan Wilcken said.

"The feedback we've received is that the immersive and natural environments in Te Wao Nui's six New Zealand habitats are world-class, and create a fantastic showcase for New Zealand wildlife - an outstanding result for everyone involved."

Visitors to Auckland Zoo can take part in 10 Zoolympic challenges where visitors can see how their athletic abilities stack up against the animals. They can also see it's its newest group of animals - the squirrel monkeys in the rainforest.

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