Mazda BT-50 drives Auckland Zoo conservation efforts

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Words: Robert Barry   |   Photos RB
12 Dec 2018

The team at Auckland Zoo depend upon a uniquely-wrapped Mazda BT-50 for day to day operations at the not-for-profit organisation.

It is one of three new vehicles, the others being a Mazda CX-5 SUV and Mazda6 station wagon which the Auckland Zoo uses for field conservation initiatives in communities across New Zealand.

“As well as transporting some of our smaller exotic animal arrivals and departures to and from the airport, these vehicles play a vital role assisting us in helping so much of our local wildlife,” says Auckland Zoo director Kevin Buley.

“They enable our staff to transport kiwi, whio, pāteke, and wētāpunga that have all been bred at the Zoo to their release sites for their new life in the wild. They’re also used by a wide variety of our staff who conduct tens of thousands of hours of wild work around New Zealand. 

“On any given day, this can involve wildlife rescue, wild animal health checks, population surveys, species translocations and pest control that all help to protect some of our most threatened endemic wildlife.

“We are so grateful for the support from Mazda NZ. So much of our current work would not be possible without them,” he says.

Mazda managing director David Hodge says the company is proud of its long-standing partnership with Auckland Zoo, having recently renewed the vehicle sponsorship agreement.

“From eradicating pests, to educating future generations on the importance of caring for the environment, we admire the conservation efforts of Auckland Zoo and are proud to continue to work alongside them to make a difference and inspire others to do the same,” he says.

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