Standard for zoo containment facilities

Decision Date: 30 April 2018

We approved a new standard for zoo containment facilities.

The new standard came into force on 1 July 2018.

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

The new standard replaced the MAF Biosecurity New Zealand Standard 154.03.04 Containment Facilities for Zoo Animals.

Standard for zoo containment facilities (pdf 700KB)

Additional information

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

Submissions received on the consultation of the new standard (pdf 1MB)

Report on the submissions received (pdf 400KB)

Explanation and guidance of the controls for the zoo standard (pdf 1MB)

The Ministry for Primary Industries (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. 

If you have any questions about the guidance material, please email MPI at

If you have any questions about the approved standard, please email us at​.