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AUCKLAND, Today: As NZ leaves lockdown, WWF NZ and Colenso BBDO are reminding us that for some, lockdown lasts a lifetime.

Colenso creative chairman Nick Worthington said: “Over the past few months, Kiwis have gained a new insight into what life is like living in captivity, inspiring a new campaign from WWF NZ, Colenso and Hearts and Science to raise awareness and funds to restore the balance between people and nature which includes putting a stop to the illegal wildlife trade.”

There are 5000 tigers in captivity in the US alone. While only an estimated 3200 tigers remain in the wild.

The popularity of Netflix’s Tiger King brought to light some of the devastating truths that surround the illegal tiger trade. If they’re lucky enough to grow past the cute cub photo opportunity phase, tigers bred in captivity can spend up to 22 years in a state of lockdown.

Numerous studies reveal that a life in captivity leads to severe psychological stress, infertility, and various other health conditions.

But the problem is much bigger than Joe Exotic and tigers.

“The campaign consists of large-format OOH depicting heart-wrenching shots of caged tigers and social posts featuring shaky footage from Tiger-King-esque establishments.”

WWF NZ ceo Livia Esterhazy said: “This tactical campaign launched our latest platform, Restore the Balance.

“Through this platform, we aim to educate Kiwis on just how reliant we are on nature. Over the past few decades, humans have come into closer contact with wildlife. This is now occurring at an unprecedented scale thanks to deforestation and habitat destruction, the illegal wildlife trade and high-risk food markets.

“This is creating the conditions that allow diseases that pass from animals to humans to become ever more common. The Covid-19 lockdown was the perfect time to start talking about this issue and engaging Kiwis to help us restore the balance with nature.”

The campaign consists of large format OOH depicting heart-wrenching shots of caged tigers and social posts featuring shaky footage from Tiger-King-esque establishments.

Nick Worthington: “As we’re here getting excited about Level One, we wanted to remind Kiwis that not everyone leaves their lockdown. While, thankfully, we don’t have an illegal tiger trade in New Zealand, Kiwis can still be part of the solution by simply donating to WWF.”

  • Donate to help WWF restore the balance of nature and end the illegal wildlife trade at


Client: WWF New Zealand
CEO: Livia Esterhazy
Agency: Colenso BBDO
Media Agency: Hearts & Science
OOH Partners: Go Media, JCDecaux, QMS

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