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We’re back again for #SEAPSunday as we take you along with us at each stage of our exciting redevelopment journey! ⠀
We’re thrilled to show you the first Canopy Climber prototype that our zoo crew, Primate Team Leader Amy Robbins and Curator of Mammals Warren Spencer, went to test out recently. ⠀
These climbers span 8 metres in height and will allow our orangutans and gibbons to range and explore through the tree tops in their new rainforest habitat.⠀
As our Keeper Amy says “What’s been great about this whole journey is that the Project team have worked incredibly hard and closely with us to understand wild orangutan behaviour in order to create climbers that are really going to work for our animals. These are arboreal apes, and our whole focus is on creating an environment that facilities this natural physicality. I think once they are completed and dressed with furnishings and integrated in with the live trees, they’ll be fantastic.”⠀
Once signed off, thirteen of these climbers will be manufactured at a specialist engineering workshop in Papakura, ready for install in our new South-east Asia precinct.⠀
We hope you’re excited about our future zoo as much as we are, you can read more about our project on our website. ⠀
If you have any questions, please let us know in the comments below and stay tuned for our updates each Sunday. You can track our previous posts by searching for #SEAPSunday#FutureZoo
We’ve chosen our #ZooSnaps champ for May! ⠀
Congratulations Natalie (@beautytodeathratio) who stole the show with this amazing close-up shot of one of our cheeky North Island kākā – showing off their stunning olive and burnt orange plumage.⠀
Natalie has won a family pass to the zoo, a surprise gift from our Wildzone gift shop AND at the end of twelve months she will also go into the draw to win the ultimate zooper prize pack.⠀
Thank you to everyone who entered – keep your entries coming for our June competition. As well as this prize pack, entries will be showcased on our website with a special area for our winners. ⠀
The best shots of all of our entries will be printed and displayed on-site at the zoo where our visitors can see them, as part of our South-east Asia project.⠀
We would love Zoo Snaps to capture all facets of your zoo experience – so don’t be shy in entering your family snaps too!⠀
Entering is easy, tag us with #ZooSnaps and #AucklandZoo on our social channels OR load your photo directly to our website - www.aucklandzoo.co.nz/zoosnaps⠀
Find our kākā on your next visit hanging out in our Forest aviary (Te Wao Nui a Tāne) in our New Zealand sanctuary Te Wao Nui.
Wouldn’t you like to name this gorgeous girl?
We’ve got a new kid on the block! Hatched on Christmas Day this Congo African grey parrot has plenty of personality and is looking for a strong name that suits her brave and precocious nature.⠀
These parrots are talented talkers and learn to mimic the noises and words that they hear. Soon you’ll be able to spot her out and about in the zoo grounds with our keepers.⠀
Leave your suggestions in the comments section below and our Animal Experiences team will hand-pick a name from your entries.⠀
The winning name will be announced 10am on Wednesday 30th May so get your entries in now!
We’re pleased to say squirrel monkey Picaro has made a full recovery!
Our keepers noticed that a few weeks after the birth of her baby, Picaro had been unsteady on her feet and was not eating well.
Thanks to the amazing care of our vets and vet nurses at the Auckland Zoo Vet Hospital, Picaro was able to recover and re-integrate with the troop.
As zoo vet Melanie explains, squirrel monkeys have an amazing family support system and while Picaro was recuperating, her family members cared for her little one until they could be reunited once more.
Click the link in our bio to read more about our squirrel monkey’s recovery.
When you visit, you can see Picaro and the troop swinging through the trees of their rainforest habitat - which they share with our herd of heavenly capybara.
How can you make a difference for wildlife? Download our wallet card and take it with you on your next supermarket shop!
You may not realise it but by simply doing your weekly shop you could be contributing to the destruction of the rainforest and its precious inhabitants.
Our palm oil wallet card enables you to easily check labels while you’re shopping and helps you find deforestation free alternatives.
The Leuser Ecosystem is home to the world’s most endangered animals - Sumatran tigers, Asian elephants, orangutans and countless other species that are all endemic to this Indonesian rainforest.
Every hour an estimated 300 football field’s worth of rainforest is cut down, razed and burnt to the ground to make space for unsustainable palm oil plantations – where are these precious animals meant to eat, live and raise their young?
You can pick up a copy at the zoo or download and print it out by visiting our website.
If you haven’t already, take action by writing a letter to New Zealand’s Minister for Food Safety, Damien O’Connor, ahead of the next Ministerial Forum of Food Regulation in June.
Every week we’ve been drawing attention to the palm oil crisis and our conservation work in Sumatra – please share our posts and let your friends and family know about this important issue!
Join us this #WorldTurtleDay by asking for a Plastic Free Future!
Recently our resident vet Lydia Uddstrom spoke with @thekiwibottledrive about the abundance of plastics in our waters and just how greatly this harmful substance is effecting New Zealand turtles, sea and bird life.
Our Auckland Zoo Vet Hospital treats injured and endangered turtles that wash up on New Zealand’s beaches but sadly some of them arrive too sick to be saved. Lydia is currently working on her PhD to analyse the causes of death for New Zealand's turtles to help with turtle rehabilitation in the future.
We’re proud to be part of the Turtle Rescue Team which is made up of us, @sealife_kellytarltons and @docgovtnz, with a special mention to @airnz who help fly rescued turtles to our vet hospital.
In March of this year the team was able to successfully release two rehabilitated green sea turtles off the coast of Tutukaka, after a long road to recovery.
This conservation in action is only possible with your help! It’s through your zoo visits and donations to our Conservation Fund that we’re able to care for critical wildlife in need.
To find out more visit our website.
What’s the insect version of the Red Wedding?!
Tune in to our third episode of ‘Phil Us In’ where our entomology expert @te_papa ’s Dr Phil Sirvid answers the big questions from bug-lovers and curious comedians @thomassainsbury and @chrisparker11.⠀
A thumb-sized killer, the Japanese giant hornet knows that bees are a delicious treat to feed their growing young. So when a lone hornet spies a bee hive they mark the area using pheromones - alerting their fellow hornets over to kill and dismember the colony. As Dr Phil says this destruction is effectively like “toddlers against tanks” and the European bee stands no chance.⠀
The Japanese honey bee however, has evolved an ingenious defence strategy to fight off the hornets attack!
Click the link in our bio & listen to our podcast to discover how these bugs use the social ‘swarm’ to their advantage!
Shown cleverly by the team at @wetaworkshop you can see this life and death struggle in our Bug Lab exhibition.⠀
Find out more and buy your tickets on our website!
Our Māori word of the week is waihanga which means construct, build, develop and generate! This is exactly what we’re doing with all of the wonderful zoo works happening at our zoo.⠀
Our South-east Asia development is the largest project we’ve undertaken in our 96-year history and once completed will transform almost one fifth of the zoo, culminating in an expansive new home for our orangutans, Sumatran tigers, Siamang gibbons, Asian small-clawed otters, and many other reptiles, fish and invertebrates including a new restaurant/function venue that will overlook our central lake area!⠀
We hope you’re as excited as we are. Make sure to bring your kids – and yourselves –along to see our #FutureZoo progress.⠀
Visit our YouTube channel to see our entire Māori word of the week playlist and use Te Reo on your next zoo visit!
Welcome back to #SEAPSunday – our weekly series filling you in on the exciting changes happening at our zoo!
Check out this construction Time Lapse! This was taken from the start of April to early May and shows just how much material has been cleared and moved by NZ Strong to make way for our new orangutan and Siamang gibbon enclosure.
Meanwhile, we’ve been updating our hoarding with images you’ve taken for our #ZooSnaps competition! If you’re pretty good with a camera and would like your photo to be shown at the zoo make sure to enter on our website.
This is also the last weekend you can ‘Leaf your Mark’ by adding a leaf to our giant community art tree as well as a whole host of other activities for our Wiki Whānau weekend.
We hope you’re excited about our future zoo as much as we are. If you have any questions, please let us know in the comments below and stay tuned for our updates each Sunday. You can track our previous posts by searching for #SEAPSunday#FutureZoo
Join us this weekend for Wiki Whānau – a celebration of all kinds of animal families!⠀
We have giant outdoor games and crafting activities set up at our band rotunda for the whole family to enjoy. Chill out to the sweet sounds of APRA award-winning children’s singer-songwriter Claudia Gunn who will performing Little Wild Music live* while the talented team at The Magic Brush will work their magic to create a semi-permanent airbrush tattoo in your choice of animal design!⠀
This event is brought to you by our good friends at @charliesdrinks – so grab a refreshing juice, a bite to eat, sit back and relax!⠀
You can read more about our Wiki Whānau event on our website. ⠀
*music is weather dependant but in case of inclement conditions we will be holding all other activities indoors at KidZone.
This Endangered Species Day we’re celebrating cheetah, a charmingly clever cat and unfortunately, the most endangered in Africa.
Under the watchful eyes of our Carnivore Keepers our cheetah sisters, Qia and Quartz have been patrolling the zoo before opening hours, learning about all of the new sights, smells, and sounds the wider zoo grounds – and their animal inhabitants - have to offer.⠀
Did you know that cheetah have lost 95% of their historic homelands and as a result of this and hunting for their fur, their population has declined over 50% in the last 43 years?⠀
Our cheetah girls are ambassador animals for their wild cousins and as keeper Emma explains, these walks have been progressing so well that eventually we will be welcoming guests to walk with them as a special behind-the-scenes experience. A portion of every Zoo ticket sold goes to support our conservation partners, like Cheetah Outreach, who protect and save wild cheetah in South Africa.⠀
If you care for cheetah and all endangered wildlife, pay us a visit or donate to our Conservation Fund – every little bit helps us to save threatened species in New Zealand and abroad.⠀
Click the link in our bio to read more about the plight of cheetah and our conservation work.
We’ve got a new reptile on the block!
Meet Steve, our new inland bearded dragon – who you just might see out and about on your next zoo visit with one of our Animal Experiences keepers.
We sat down with Lizzy Perrett, our Team Leader of Animal Experiences to discuss our newest reptile and her team, who specialise in animal training and visitor engagement.
As part of their role, Lizzy’s team introduce our visitors to wildlife through free close-up encounters throughout the day. These encounters include free-flight training with our red-tail black cockatoos and galahs, afternoon introductions with our morepork / ruru Nox and introducing a whole host of reptiles to our visitors – such as our two sheltopusik Grande and Dewy.
Click the link in our bio to read more about Lizzy and our fascinating bearded dragon.