COVID-19 zoo and aquarium response


Most ZAA-accredited zoos and aquariums across Australasia are currently in the process of safely reopening to the public. 

Zoos and wildlife parks a good place to escape and enjoy nature and help minimise any stress or anxiety you may be feeling at the moment. They are outdoor venues with fresh air, space and sunshine, allowing for physical distancing. 

However, if you are unwell, have any flu-like symptoms or have been asked to self-isolate, please follow advice from your relevant health authority to protect your health and the community’s health and stay at home. The animals will all be waiting for you when you’re feeling better and some zoos are streaming them online for those confined to their homes. 


Online and Phone Counselling

If you need someone to talk to, you can call/text/chat. Trained counsellors are available day and night

NZ Helplines

  • 1737 - Free call or text 1737

Staying on Track (NZ)

  • Free online course to learn easy strategies to cope with the impact of Covid-19.

AUS Helplines

BeyondBlue (AUS)

  • 24/7 phone counselling - 1800 512 348
  • Online community for coping during coronavirus