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Your zoos are now carbon neutral

3 April 2013

Zoos Victoria is proud to be the first zoos in the world to be certified carbon neutral.

Low Carbon Australia has certified our three zoos Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Open Range Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary as carbon neutral against the Australian Government’s National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS).

We reduced carbon emissions through a range of energy efficiency and waste reduction measures and then purchased carbon offsets to support wildlife conservation projects in biodiversity rich areas.

Solar Panels power energy efficient lighting in Melbourne Zoo’s front retail shop and improvements to the Zoo’s Butterfly House have significantly reduced the amount of gas needed to keep its temperature a constant 28 degrees.

In addition to our carbon neutral activities, we've undertaken a number of other environmental activities including rainwater harvesting at Healesville Sanctuary's Australian Wildlife Health Centre and significant tree planting and habitat restoration along the Werribee River.

We will continue to promote our sustainability acheivements and look at ways to develop renewable energy options on site to provide green power and further energy efficiency savings for the zoos.

Find out more information about our sustainability initiatives.