Port Moresby Nature Park
Papua New Guinea is home to a treasure trove of spectacular plants and animals.
In 2013, Zoos Victoria launched a partnership with Port Moresby Nature Park (PMNP) in Papua New Guinea. This is an important step in demonstrating our commitment to improving zoo standards globally and supporting the people and wildlife of Papua New Guinea.
Our sister zoo relationship focuses on sharing the skills, experience and passion of our staff with colleagues at the Nature Park, with the vision of the Park becoming a zoo-based conservation organization.
Thanks to the success of this partnership, PMNP is now an accredited member of our regional zoo network - the Zoo and Aquarium Association. Growth and development of the Park’s education program has been a major focus, with amazing increase in student participation from 2,200 in 2013 to over 19,000 in 2017! A Master Plan was completed in 2014 to guide future developments at the Park, and cross-property sharing of retail skills has significantly boosted retail sales at the Park shop.
Animal care management has received significant attention since 2015, with keepers from both organizations visiting their sister zoo, Park staff attending animal welfare and enrichment courses at ZV, and a senior Melbourne Zoo veterinarian working with Park managers to evaluate the health status of the Park’s animals. All are in good health and plans are now in place to enable routine preventative vet care.
Port Moresby Nature Park was formally a Botanic Gardens. This is reflected in a leaf being one of the three design elements of the Park’s logo, together with animals and PNG culture. The Park has established a multi-enterprise horticulture business, growing and delivering plants to offices and shopping centres, providing external landscaping services and selling plants via a nursery and florist.
In September 2017, Michelle McGeorge, the Park’s General Manager, was inducted into the ZV Hall of Fame, signifying the strength of this ongoing sister zoo relationship.
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