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Environmental Policy

Zoo Purpose

Hamilton Zoo works to conserve wildlife in its natural environment and provides a recreational resource for local residents and visitors.

We will fulfil this purpose through exemplary customer service, animal husbandry and education programmes and by support for appropriate scientific study whilst minimising impact on the local environment.

Part 1 - Environmental Policy

This environmental policy are aligned to the Environment Policy of Hamilton City Council and the purpose statement of Hamilton Zoo.

Hamilton Zoo along with Hamilton City Council is guided by the principles of Agenda 21 and recognises its direct responsibilities under the Resource Management Act (1991) to manage its site sustainably and mitigate impacts on the surrounding environment for this and future generations.

The Zoo as an institutional member of the Zoo and Aquarium Association also recognises its responsibilities toward the sustainable operation of zoos consistent with the World Zoo and Aquarium Conservation Strategy.

Part 2 - Outline of Environmental Objectives

Environmental Protection and Enhancement

Hamilton Zoo shall minimise and wherever possible eliminate the release of any pollutant that may cause environmental damage to the air, land or water.

Biodiversity

Hamilton Zoo shall encourage the protection of significant ecosystems, and promote biodiversity through appropriate landscape practices and participation in species management programmes for native and exotic species.

Wise Use of Energy

Hamilton Zoo is committed to responsible energy management in order to minimise pollution, particularly carbon dioxide emissions, and shall reduce its dependence on fossil fuels.

Sustainable Use of Natural resources

Hamilton Zoo shall make sustainable use of natural resources and shall conserve non-renewable resources through efficient use and careful planning.

Waste Reduction

Hamilton Zoo shall endeavour to minimise the creation of waste and shall, at all times, view waste as a resource with the potential for recycling.

Legal Compliance

Hamilton Zoo shall meet all regulatory requirements, including all relevant environmental legislation, standards and codes.

Staff Training

Hamilton Zoo shall ensure that all staff are aware of and understand their environmental responsibilities in terms of this policy and position functions.

Communications

Hamilton Zoo shall make the Environmental Policy available to the public by displaying it in the Zoo foyer and on the Zoo website. Community education shall be provided through zoo programmes, curriculum-linked education programmes, Friends of the Zoo and interpretive signage.

Environmental Management

Hamilton Zoo shall consider the management and financial resources necessary to implement these principles during annual business, strategic or project plans.

Part 3 – Environment Work and Action Plan

In order to meet its environmental commitments, Hamilton Zoo shall produce an Environmental Work and Action Plan, which shall be reviewed every six months.