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.

Your step-by-step guide to importing zoo animals.
You can only import certain species of zoo animals to New Zealand from approved countries. Browse the list of zoo animal import health standards.

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 animal.imports@mpi.govt.nz

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