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Zoo containment facility draft guidance document

Have your say

The Standard for Zoo Containment Facilities 2018 came into force on 1 July 2018 and the transitional period ends on 30 June 2019.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has worked closely with zoo industry representatives to develop a guidance document that supports the Standard.

We want your feedback on the draft guidance document.

Consultation documents 

Draft guidance document: Generally accepted practice in New Zealand zoo containment facilities [PDF, 629 KB]

Appendix 2: Zoo enclosure guidelines for containment area design [PDF, 918 KB]

Note: This guidance relates only to meeting minimum containment specifications to ensure containment standards are met. It does not cover animal welfare requirements.

Related information

The Standard for Zoo Containment Facilities – Environmental Protection Authority website

Making your submission

Email your feedback on the draft documents by 5pm on Friday 22 March 2019 to

What to include in your submission

Make sure you include:

  • the title of the consultation document in the subject line of your email
  • your name and title, if applicable
  • your organisation's name (if you're submitting on behalf of an organisation)
  • your contact details (for example, phone number, address and email).

While we prefer email, you can send your submission by post to:

Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
New Zealand.

All submissions received by the closing date will be considered before the guidance material is issued. MPI may hold late submissions on file for consideration when the issued guidance material is next revised or reviewed.

Submissions are public information

Note that any submission you make becomes public information. People can ask for copies of submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we have to make submissions available unless we have a good reason for withholding it. That is explained in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA.

Tell us if you think there are grounds to withhold specific information in your submission. Reasons might include that it's commercially sensitive or it's personal information. However, any decision MPI makes to withhold information can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may tell us to release it.