Importing zoo animals

Zoo animals from approved countries can be imported into New Zealand under strict standards and regulations. MPI checks that importers comply with biosecurity measures and testing procedures.

1 July 2019 changes to zoo containment facilities

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has developed a guidance document and template to help you meet the 1 July 2019 standard.

Generally accepted practice in New Zealand zoo containment facilities – Guidance document [PDF, 625 KB]

Template for your Zoo Containment Facility Quality Management System [DOCX, 131 KB]

Zoo enclosure guidelines [PDF, 1.1 MB]

Who to contact

If you have questions about importing zoo animals, email

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