Standard for zoo containment facilities

Decision Date: 30 April 2018

We approved a new standard for zoo containment facilities.

The new standard comes into force on 1 July 2018, and replaces the MAF Biosecurity New Zealand Standard 154.03.04 Containment Facilities for Zoo Animals.

However, there will be a transitional period of 12 months, ending on 30 June 2019, during which zoo containment facilities may choose to comply with the previous standard.

Read the new Standard for zoo containment facilities (pdf 700KB)

Read the decision document for the approval of the new standard (pdf 200KB)

We received three submissions during the consultation.

View the submissions received (pdf 1MB)

View the report on the submissions (pdf 400KB)

Guidance available soon

MPI is developing guidance material to help people who have to comply with the standard. It will include information about how the requirements can be met, what measures will be considered acceptable, and what information needs to be provided to MPI to assess whether requirements are met.  This is expected to be available by the end of June 2018.

If you have any questions regarding the guidance material, please contact Vicki Melville at MPI, via this email

If you have any questions regarding the approved standard, please contact Aubanie Raynal at the EPA via this email