Staff at Natureland are pleased that the Tahunanui Zoo has a future, but are sad that their association with Orana Park will end.
Operations manager Gail Sutton said staff will also have to reapply for their jobs in the next few weeks.
They are waiting to find out in the next couple of days how new owners Mike Selby and Mike Rutledge want the new staffing structure to look like.
Staff hope to know more in the next few days.
Meg and Mike, both 29, take over as operators of the zoo from November 1.
They have said they are not looking at employing people from outside Natureland.
However, Gail said staff were not sure if the same number of staff would be needed when they took over.
"It is a bit of an uncertain time for them.
"Orana Park has been fantastic.
"They have offered to help them write their CVs and fully support them through the changes."
Meg is an American zoologist who has worked with lemurs and gibbons. Mike is a former Nelson boy who is Tui brand manager at DB Breweries.
The couple were picked by Nelson City Council as new operators after it rejected three proposals it had to take over the zoo as Christchurch's Orana Wildlife Trust was exiting.
Operations manager Gail Sutton said it was the fourth restructure she had been in during the 18 years she had been working fulltime at the zoo.
She had been asked to stay on and work through the re-structure with the new owners in the short term.
The zoo's teacher would also be continued to be employed as her contract was through Orana Park.
Meg and Mike told the Nelson Mail they want to remove some of the old structures.
They are keen on the rehabilitation and release of injured animals and birds, especially native species, and would like to work with native birds such as kea and deliver educational messages about the region's wildlife.
Native species will make up about 50 per cent of the animals and birds, about 30 per cent will be exotic species.
The meerkats will stay - and 20 per cent domestic animals, with a petting area.
Gail said it was exciting that Meg and Mike had plans to build new exhibit buildings and move the park forward.
She also welcomed Mike's background in marketing saying the zoo had a gap in that expertise.
It is a new start for the zoo, which has faced an uncertain future since operator the Orana Trust, dealing with post-earthquake problems in Christchurch, told the council it could not continue to run Natureland.
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