South East Asia Jungle Trail, Auckland Zoo

22 May 2023

Natural Habitats’ brief was to supply and deliver a broad range of landscape solutions and materials for the South East Asia Jungle Trail and its animal habitats.

This included:

  • Product development and sourcing of animal bedding material including mulch
  • Planning the logistics for the installation of large trees
  • Topsoil development and installation
  • Mulch and animal bedding formulation
  • Suppling plant and machine expertise for rock placement
  • Installation of punga retaining walls 
Project Details

Location: Auckland

Project Type: Commercial

Client: Auckland Zoo

Design: Auckland Zoo

Build: Natural Habitats


Auckland Zoo’s South East Asia Jungle Track is a world-leading, wildlife visitor experience unlike anything ever offered in Aotearoa. It offers visitors an immersive journey through four distinctly landscaped experiences – the High Canopy, the Lake and Wetlands, the Swamp Forest and the Lowlands as well as the award-winning Te Puna Café.

These immersive habitats and visitor amenities comprise one-fifth of the Zoo (18,700 m2). Here visitors discover and connect with some of South East Asia’s most iconic and threatened wildlife. Drawing on the ecology and biology of the animals in the wild, the design of the habitats creates a rich, complex and stimulating environment for each species that provides flexibility and choice and allows for a wide expression of natural behaviours.

Such precious habitats required a specialist and thoughtful approach to their construction. As part of this construction, Natural Habitats was engaged to complete expert works that would ultimately form some of the subtle, yet critical elements of the project.

From carefully cultivated mulch to bespoke animal bedding and topsoil formulation, Natural Habitats embraced its adept technical knowledge to create and supply these unique elements. Additionally, expertise in rock placement and large specimen tree logistics and installation were small, yet essential to deliver a project of this calibre.

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