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					    ZOO Alive
The official magazine of Auckland Zoo    SPRING 2010 // $3.00

  Creating a unique
  NZ experience
  New tamarin exhibit in ‘The Tropics’
  Celebrating Kashin
  Spring Events Guide
                  Friends at the Zoo

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                      COVER: Sub-Antarctic

                                                           Dear Friends
                     fur seal Orua will be
                    one of over 60 native
                                                                                                             You can read more about this day on pages 4 and 5. Here,
                    species to feature                                                                       Zoo director, Jonathan Wilcken, also updates you about our
                   in Auckland Zoo’s                                                                         plans to get companion elephants for Burma as a start to
                   New Zealand precinct                                                                      building up to a sustainable herd, and brings you up to speed
                  development, due to                                                                        about our proposed plans to extend the elephant area.
                  open in late 2011. See     Welcome to our bumper Spring issue.
                 story: back cover.                                                                          If you’re reading Zoo Alive for first time, and are not yet a
                                             You’ll find it packed with news, latest exhibit developments,   Friend of the Zoo, be sure to check out the story on page 2,
                         NEW                 including a story on our exciting new NZ precinct, Te Wao       outlining what this great membership programme offers.
                                             Nui, and an events guide outlining the great things we’ve got
                        EDITION              happening in the coming months that you’d be crazy to miss!     Warm regards,
                                             Our thanks to all those of you who recently joined us to mark
                                             the passing of our much-loved elephant Kashin. It was a
                                             very special day – that helped to raise an impressive $20,000
                                             to support the conservation of Asian elephants in the wild.     EDITOR
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                                                                               Dan’s walk on the wild side
Jane Healy                                                                      Taking some time out before the start of the Tri Nations series,
                                                                                All Black Dan Carter came in to the Zoo to go on a ZOOM tour.
Graham Meadows & Claire Vial                                                     A long-time Zoo fan, Dan spent an afternoon meeting the rhinos, lemurs and
DESIGN & PRINTING                                                                Burma the elephant.
                                                                                  “It was awesome – I’ll have to come back and bring some of the other boys,” he said.
                                                                                  If you’d like to go on one of our ZOOM tours, where you get to go behind-the-scenes
                                                                                  and meet some of your favourite animals, we’re offering you the chance to book a
PMP Maxum is proud to provide
sponsorship to Auckland Zoo to                                                    tour for two and bring two friends along for free before 24 September 2010!
assist with the printing and design
of this publication. Designer: Rory Birk                                           (This special offer is only available to Friends of the Zoo).
Address all enquiries to:                                                          For more information and to book, phone us on 360 4700 and say “FOTZ ZOOM”.
The Editor, Zoo Alive, Auckland Zoo,
Private Bag, Grey Lynn, Auckland
Tel: 09-360-3804, Fax: 09-360-3818              Lots of laughs with Rove

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Association of Zoos & Aquaria, and the
Australasian organisation – Zoo Aquarium

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 following sponsors and supporters:

                                              Comedian Rove McManus was in town for the                       enough to be able to feed them.
                                              International Comedy Festival earlier this year and
                                              as a zoo-lover (he’s a friend of Melbourne Zoo), he             Pictured here with our male hippo Fudge, Rove says,
                                              popped in to visit us.                                          “You have no idea how excited I am in this photo!”
                                                                                                              He also loves elephants, so enjoyed some quality time
                                              His favourite animals are hippos, so of course we took          hanging out with Burma and her keepers.
                                              him to meet Faith and Fudge – he was even lucky

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News                                     From the Director Jonathan Wilcken

We celebrate Kashin and work
to continue her legacy

A year on from the passing of our much-loved Zoo matriarch, elephant
Kashin, Auckland Zoo staff and close to 3000 Aucklanders celebrated her
life with a day of festivities that helped us to raise $20,000 to assist Asian
elephants in the wild.

Raised from paid admissions and the sale of elephant-related merchandise,
this money goes to the Kashin Elephant Conservation Fund to enable us to           Our plans for elephants
continue our efforts protecting Asian elephants in the wild and restoring          We know from having Kashin and Burma, just how deeply elephants connect
Asian elephant habitat.                                                            with people and inspire them to care, and what extraordinarily powerful and
                                                                                   effective conservation ambassadors they are.
During her life, Kashin touched and inspired so many people. Along with
Burma she also helped us to raise three quarters of a million dollars to           It is Auckland Zoo’s mission to inspire such care in people; to develop in the
support endangered animals in the wild, so having the day continue this            community an understanding for and connection with wildlife, and to utilise
legacy was a highly fitting tribute.                                               our resources to effect wildlife conservation.

As well as fun activities and encounters with our elephant Burma, the day          It is why, with the total support of our Zoo Board, and Auckland City Council,
offered visitors the opportunity to visit Kashin’s gravesite – a steep bush area   that we’re working to source elephant companions for Burma, and to
where she loved to walk with Burma and her keepers, that’s not normally            establish a sustainable elephant breeding herd.
open to the public.
                                                                                   Initially we plan to bring in two elephants as companions for Burma, and as
The mild winter’s day in late August brought a mix of sunshine and rain,           a start to building up to a herd of 10 elephants. These elephants would come
which, given Kashin’s love for water and splashing in puddles, was highly          from another zoo or rescue and breeding centre, never from the wild.
                                                                                   On hearing about Burma’s situation, representatives of the Sri Lankan
Just after a downpour, I watched a couple of young boys giggling with              government have approached us about the possibility of sourcing elephants
absolute delight as they jumped and splashed for all they were worth in            from an elephant orphanage in Sri Lanka, and we’re now working through
a large puddle in front of the elephant enclosure.                                 whether this can be a viable option.

The boys’ mother looked on enjoying the experience, it seemed, as much as          Integral to having more elephants at Auckland Zoo is continuing to
they did - simply getting them to empty out their water-logged gumboots            support Asian elephants in wild. Through the Auckland Zoo Conservation
once they’d had enough. A local it turned out, Caroline Mann explained they        Fund, we’re already helping to protect elephants and restore wild habitat
didn’t have far to go to get dry. Caroline also shared her excitement at the       in Sumatra and Thailand, and are looking to increase this support for
Zoo’s plans to get more elephants.                                                 elephants elsewhere in Asia.

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                                                                                  through the Zoo and up into its steeped forested areas. In fact, she’s walking
                                                                                  between 8 km – 12km every day! Just how well Burma is, is testament to the
                                                                                  love, care and skills of our elephant team and the close bonds they have with
                                                                                  her. As long as she can be with other elephants, we believe Auckland Zoo
                                                                                  remains the best home for Burma.

                                                                                  We have a great set-up for Burma, and the capacity to hold three more
                                                                                  elephants in the current ASB Elephant Clearing. But long-term, to build up
                                                                                  to a herd of 10 elephants (bulls, cows, mothers, aunties and youngsters) our
                                                                                  plan is to extend this area substantially to include 6 acres of varying terrain
                                                                                  including grasslands, steep forested areas mud wallow and water.

                                                                                  Here elephants will be able to live in a natural family structure in a spacious
                                                                                  and interesting environment, with females and males having separate areas,
                                                                                  as well as the ability to come together to breed. As evidenced by the 250
                                                                                  elephants born in zoos worldwide since 2005, when properly provided for,
                                                   Elephant keeper Joel
                                            Milicich with Burma dur               elephants in zoos breed very well indeed.
                                                   an encounter at ASB
                                                     Elephant Clearing.           Proposed expansion of elephant area
                                                                                  Adjacent to our current elephant enclosure is a large steep forested slope
                                                                                  between the Zoo and West View Rd, used primarily by local residents, and
                                                                                  another small strip of land beside Western Springs Lakeside Park. Combined,
                                                                                  these two areas would give us the 6-acre expanse required to fully provide for
                                                                                  a herd of up to 10 elephants.

                                                                                  Making this land part of the Zoo requires a change to the Auckland District
                                                                                  Plan. For this, Auckland City Council (owners of both the Zoo and park land)
                                                                                  will be ensuring a full public consultation process so that everyone can have
                                                                                  their say.

                                                                                  Such a change would still see local residents being able to utilise a walking
                                                                                  track on the northern steep slope. The terrain of the fenced off area here
                                                                                  will remain fully protected, and elephants would use this area during the day
                                                                                  under the supervision of their keepers. As for park visitors, they’ll be able to
                                                                                  view these magnificent animals while out walking.
Fully providing for elephants
With our recognised world-class elephant programme and extraordinary              You can access full details about our elephant plans, including viewing a
team of elephant keepers and vets, Auckland Zoo has all the credentials to        diagram of our proposed elephant clearing expansion and Council reports, by
manage elephants, as well as the space and environment for them to live in        visiting our website , which we’ll continue to update.
and flourish.                                                                     As soon as the consultation period and its process has been confirmed and/
                                                                                  or we have further news about elephants, we’ll be letting everyone know. For
Since Kashin died, Burma continues to be monitored closely. She’s doing great     now, if you do have any questions and want to speak with us directly, we’d love
- sleeping well and enjoying stimulating days that include workouts and walks     to hear from you, and invite you to contact us via the main Zoo phone line.

                                                            Zoo welcomes ASB to Elephant Clearing
                                                            Auckland Zoo is delighted to welcome its long-       “We were all extremely saddened by the
                                                            time friend and supporter, ASB, as the new           death of Kashin on 24 August last year, and
                                                            sponsor of the Zoo’s ASB Elephant Clearing.          greatly miss Auckland’s gentle giant. ASB is
                                                            ASB has a long association with elephants at         delighted to be continuing our relationship
                                                            Auckland Zoo. It funded then four-year-old           with Auckland Zoo through supporting ASB
                                                            elephant Kashin’s passage to Auckland Zoo            Elephant Clearing,” says ASB Chief Community
                                                            from her birthplace, northeast Thailand in           Partnership Officer, Linley Wood.
                                                            1972, and named its elephant-themed savings
                                                                                                                 “It’s great to see Burma so happy in her current
                                                            account ‘Kashin’, which it launched back in
                                                                                                                 environment, and ASB is now looking forward
                                                            1964 prior to her arrival. Kashin has continued
                                                                                                                 to the proposed expansion at ASB Elephant
                                                            to be the icon for ASB moneyboxes ever since.
                                                                                                                 Clearing, and perhaps even the arrival of an
                                                            Throughout the years, ASB has also contributed
                                                                                                                 elephant friend or two for Burma in the not-
                                                            to funding one of Kashin’s, and subsequently
                                                                                                                 too-distant future. We’re also pleased to be
                                                            Burma’s, greatest loves – food!
                                                                                                                 supporting the Kashin Elephant Conservation
                                                            It makes this perfect timing to announce the         Fund, with money deposited into this ASB
                                                            formalisation of this sponsorship, which will        account being used to support elephants in
                                                            see ASB partnered with elephants here at             the wild,” says Ms Wood.
                                                            Auckland Zoo into the future.

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News Conservation in action for red panda

    One of Auckland Zoo’s female red pandas, Khosuva,
    is about to relocate to Darjeeling Zoo in India, where
    she’ll be paired up with a male for breeding. In time,
    given successful breeding, the plan is for her offspring
    to be released into the wild.

    While Auckland Zoo has released many New Zealand
    native species into the wild, this exciting milestone of
    contributing to releasing an exotic species back into its
    natural habitat would be a first.

    Accompanying Khosuva on her flight to India, will be
    Auckland Zoo keeper Lauren Booth, who as well as
    settling Khosuva into her quarantine facility, will be
    gaining first-hand experience of how Auckland Zoo’s
    support for a red panda project is helping red pandas
    in the wild.

    On 30 September, seven-year-old female red panda
    Khosuva leaves for her endemic homeland, India,
    where she’ll become part of ‘Project Red Panda’ at
    Darjeeling Zoo. The Indian zoo has the only breed-
    for-release programme for red panda in their natural
    distribution zone. It’s hoped that, following successful
    breeding, Khosuva’s offspring will be released into
    the wild.

    As part of Auckland Zoo’s commitment to red panda
                                                                Did you know?
    conservation, carnivore keeper Lauren Booth will                Although they share the same name, the red panda (native to Nepal, India,
    travel with Khosuva and work with the Red Panda                 Bhutan, China, Laos and Myanmar) is not related to the giant panda. In
    Network Nepal – which the Zoo supports through the              fact, the red panda is not related to any other animals, making it unique!
    Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund. The Zoo’s remaining
    red pandas, mum Maya and her daughter Amber, can
    expect new company later this year when a male red
                                                                also get to spend time at Darjeeling Zoo and learn         main threats to red panda is habitat destruction, so a
    panda will arrive from Darjeeling Zoo to breed
                                                                about their breeding programme, which has had huge         protected area is paramount to the survival of
    with Amber.
                                                                success, so I’m expecting to bring back a wealth of        this endangered species.
                                                                knowledge,” says Lauren.
    “You can really see conservation in action here with ex                                                                “The forests where red panda live
    situ (in the zoo) meeting in situ (in the field). Khosuva
    will bring a valuable new bloodline to a very successful
                                                                Darjeeling Zoo started ‘Project Red Panda’ in 1990         are the lungs of South Asia, and if
    breeding programme that releases red panda back             with just four red panda and have had 55 (and              these forests are intact and function
    into the wild – into an area we are working hard to         counting) red panda born in captivity and four, to date,   properly, just like human lungs, they
    grow and protect through the Red Panda Network              released into the wild at Singhalila National Park, near   can ensure a healthy life for animals,
    Nepal. All going well, her offspring’s release will be a    Darjeeling Zoo.                                            plants and people.”
    major conservation milestone for Auckland Zoo,”
                                                                This release area is of particular importance as it        RED PANDA NETWORK NEPAL
    says Lauren.
                                                                forms part of the PIS (Panchthar-Ilam-Singhalila)          You can learn more about the red panda during the
    “On my six week trip I’ll get to see first-hand the work    Corridor – an 11,500km2 proposed red panda                 ‘Passport to Asia’ school holiday programme and at
    that is being done by the Red Panda Network Nepal           conservation area the Red Panda Network Nepal is           the Zoo’s special Red Panda Day on 25 September.
    in the forest and how we can help them further. I’ll        working hard to achieve. Like many species, one of the     (See Events Calendar, page 9)

     Snorkel settling in to new home                                                                                One of Auckland Zoo’s female hippos, Snorkel, recently
                                                                                                                    moved to her new home within the baboon enclosure
                                                                                                                    in the heart of Hippo River.

                                                                                                                    Both Snorkel and the baboons are gradually getting
                                                                                                                    used to each other, with Snorkel looking like she’s
                                                                                                                    enjoying her new digs, where she has a moat, mud
                                                                                                                    wallow and flat grassed area. Born here in 1959,
                                                                                                                    Snorkel is now in her 51st year, and much like any
                                                                                                                    older person, is less mobile and agile than she once
                                                                                                                    was, and now has restricted vision, so this easy-to-
                                                                                                                    navigate area is ideal for her.

                                                                                                                    Snorkel’s old enclosure is in an area that will become
                                                                                                                    part of our New Zealand precinct development, Te Wao
                                                                                                                    Nui, scheduled to open in September 2011.

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News                          Big cats are Aussie bound
                                                                               Pridelands team leader Nat Sullivan describes Lazarus as a ”very good-natured
                                                                               lion with a strong will. He’s currently head of our pride and has fathered two
                                                                               litters here already with both Kura and Amira”, says Nat.

                                                                               Two-year-old sibling tigers, male Jalur and female Cinta will leave us in late
                                                                               October when they move to Symbio Wildlife Park, located 45 minutes south of
                                                                               Sydney. Jalur and Cinta will be the first big cats at the wildlife park and will share
                                                                               a purpose-built enclosure within the 6 ha grounds. With no immediate plans to
                                                                               breed, they will for the present, represent their critically endangered species by
                                                                               being ‘ambassadors’ for their wild cousins.

                                                                               “Symbio is very lucky to be getting these two wonderful cats, who all of us will
                                                                               miss- including their parents and sibling Berani I am sure. With their wonderful
                                                                               personalities, they are sure to win over the Aussies in no time! Jalur is very
                                                                               congenial and takes after his Dad Oz and while Cinta can be suspicious of new
                                                                               people, she is very sweet natured –like her mum Molek,” says senior carnivore
                                                                               keeper Sandra Rice.

                                                                                                            “I’ll travel with the tigers and stay with them for a
                                                                                                            week to provide a familiar face and handover to their
                                                                                                            new keeper. It’ll be a hard day when I leave, but
                                                                                                            we’ll still have Cinta and Jalur’s brother Berani, and
                                                                                                            his parents Oz and Molek, to keep us on our toes!”

PHOTO: Mark Attwooll                                                                                        The tigers will stop over at Mogo Zoo for a 30-day
                                                                                                            quarantine before heading to Symbio while Lazarus
                                                                                                            will have a direct flight to Cairns and complete his
                                                                                                            quarantine there, with Auckland Zoo keeper Niki
                                                                                                            Walker accompanying him.
Three of our gorgeous big cats, lion Lazarus and tiger ‘cubs’ Jalur
and Cinta, are preparing to move across the ditch to new homes as part         The Zoo supports Sumatran tigers and the vulnerable African lion through
of the Australasian captive breeding programme.                                the captive breeding programme and by providing in situ (in the field) financial
                                                                               support for tigers through 21st Century Tiger.
Eight-year old male lion Lazarus has been at the Zoo for seven years and
will call Cairns Wildlife Park home by Christmas. His move means he’ll
                                                                                  Opportunities to say Bon Voyage!
be able to breed with new ‘Aussie gals’ waiting for him in tropical North
                                                                                  •	The	September	school	holidays	‘Passport	to	Asia’	programme.	
Queensland. It also opens the door for our remaining male lion Ngala to
                                                                                    25	September	–	10	October.	(see	page	6	for	details)	
assert his dominance over the pride – and hopefully start breeding with
                                                                                  •	BIG	CAT	ENCOUNTERS:			 iger:	3pm	(Saturday	&	Public	Holidays)
lionesses Kura and Amira.
                                                                                  	 Lion:		1.45pm	(Tuesday	&	Thursday)

Makeover to bring penguins back to shore
If you‘ve visited the Zoo recently you may have noticed something fishy at      worked in other New Zealand zoos,
Sea Lion and Penguin Shores.                                                    so we are hopeful”, says Native Fauna
                                                                                curator, Ian Fraser.
The ‘top end’ of the enclosure is currently closed, but will reopen in
December with an exciting new experience for visitors and animals alike.        Sea Lion and Penguin Shores, which
                                                                                features over 20 New Zealand native
A new entry way will greet you and lead you through the enclosure in a          plant species, will form “The Coast”
more natural flow. A traditional Kiwi ‘boatshed’ replaces the old large         section of the New Zealand Precinct
wooden gates between the sea lion / fur seals and native shorebirds. From       when it opens in September 2011. It
here, you’ll walk out into a larger and greatly improved beach area before      will be home to sea lions and fur seals,
following the path down to the underwater viewing window – which remains        the white-faced heron, spotted shag,
open during this redevelopment.                                                 dotterel, and room for up to 15 little blue
The redevelopment significantly enhances the environment for the Zoo’s
native shore birds, and also enables us to hold a greater number of birds.      The Zoo currently has two penguins,
They will have a larger beach and aviary, more perching areas, better access    Coral and Marlin, living off-display. Come                              ineland
                                                                                                                                            rtesy of Mar
                                                                                                                                  PHOTO: Cou
to nest boxes, an improved substrate, and enhanced water circulation in         December, you can look forward to seeing
their pool.                                                                     this pair and another five penguins -
                                                                                females Jason and Randall and male Oz
“We hope these improvements will encourage the little blue penguins             from Napier’s Marineland, and three other
to breed – something we have had limited success with in the past. Our          recently rescued penguins, who, due to their
research shows that similar environments to what we are creating here have      injuries, are unable to return to the wild.
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                       All events support the Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund through
                       a percentage of event proceeds and fundraising at each event.
                       Unless otherwise stated, normal Zoo admission prices apply.

               Conservation Week                                                                                                                                 ke

               Sunday, 12 September
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               11am	-	2pm		

               To launch Conservation Week 2010, add your message about the International Year of Biodiversity to a giant kakapo
               model on-site. You can also bring the family to meet the new TVNZ6 Meet the Locals presenter, James

               Conservation Week – Discovery Days
               Wednesday, 15 and Thursday, 16 September                                                                                  FR
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               10.00am	-	2.00pm		                                                                         FR
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               The Zoo wants to show you simple things that you can do at home to discover more
               about some of our unique native animals.
               Visit for more information.                                                           EE

               Comedy for Conservation
               Wednesday, 22 and Friday, 24 September                                                                                         ke
                                                                                                          FR                             tic
               6pm	-		9pm.	Cost:	$30	per	person                                                                EE                                          tic

               Join us for an evening with some of New Zealand’s top comedians including Jeremy Elwood, Dai Henwood
               and Ben Hurley when they perform at the Old Elephant House to help us raise funds for NZ native species
               conservation. Tickets are limited, so be quick!
               Visit for details and booking information.

               Red Panda Day
               Saturday 25 September                                                                                FR          ke
               10am	-		2pm		

               To learn more about these amazing animals and how we are helping them
               in the wild, come along to our Red Panda Day. There will be fun activities,
               special red panda encounters, and a chance for you to be chosen to go on                                    EE
               a behind-the-scenes encounter.                                                                                              tic

               September School Holidays – Passport to Asia
               Monday 27 September - Sunday 10 October                                                    FR                             FR
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               9.30am	-	5.30pm			

               Come along to the Zoo these school holidays to discover more about some of our animals from Asia
               – the Sumatran tiger, red panda and Asian elephant. There will also be special encounters, activities
               and interactive shows.                                                                                 E         E
               Visit for more information.


                          Africa Night
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                          4.30pm	-		9pm.	Cost:	$90	per	person                                                                            tic

                          Take an adventure through Africa without leaving town at Auckland Zoo’s exclusive
                          Africa Night. A fundraiser for the Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund and Zoological
                          Society, this event is one that you don’t want to miss! It includes
                          a behind-the-scenes tour to see African animals, an
                          African-themed dinner, auction and a talk.
                          Visit for details
                          and booking information.

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                                     EE                                           Halloween – Creatures of the night                                                                                     tic

                                                                                                       30 October                                                                   ke
                                                                                  6pm	–	9pm	(Rain	date	Sunday	31	October)
  FR                                                         FR                   Cost:	To	be	confirmed. (FOTZ	receive	20%	discount)
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                                                                                  Halloween at the Zoo will be a little bit different this year – but just as fun! ThisEyear will have a “crea-
                                                                                  tures of the night” theme, but you can still expect lots of live entertainment, spot prizes and costume
                                                                                  competitions. There’s a prize for the best recycled costume, so make sure you get dressed up!
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                                                                                  Visit for details and booking information.

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                                                                                  Orangutan Caring Week - Madju’s Market Day
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                                                                                  As part of Orangutan Caring Week celebrations, we are celebrating orangutan Madju’s fifth birthday.
                                                                                  There will be party activities and special orangutan encounters, plus a market with stalls selling
                                                                                  palm-oil free products, and celebrity chefs doing palm-oil free baking demonstrations. REE
                                                                                  Visit for more information.

                                                                                  Orangutan Caring Week - The Great Ape Race                                          FR
                                                                                  Thursday 11 November                                                                   EE
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                                                                                  Cost:	Adults	$25,	children	$15

                                                                                  Get your team or family together for a race around the Zoo for a great
                                                                                  cause – the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Project. Each team will                          FR
                                                                                  be given a map covering the entire Zoo, some behind-the-scenes.                                    EE
                                                                                  No orienteering experience is necessary, and prizes and
                                                                                  refreshments will be provided after the race.                                                                                             ke
                                                                                  Visit for more information.

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                                                                                  Christmas at the Zoo
                                                                                  Friday 3 December                                                                                                 FR
                                                                                  5.30pm	-	8.30pm		

                                                                                  As Zoo Alive goes to print, we are planning a special Christmas event as a thank you to Friends of the
                                                                                  Zoo! The finer details are still under wraps. If you’re a Friend, make sure you read November’s FOTZ
                                                                                  e-newsletter and check the website for more information, and how to reserve your tickets. We’re also
                                                                                  planning special Christmas activities in December that all Zoo visitors can enjoy.        ke E
                                                                                  Visit for more information.

                                                                                  Wild Bean Cafe ZooMusic 2011
                                                                                  January – March 2011

                                                                                  Wild Bean Cafe ZooMusic returns for summer 2011 serving up a sensational ‘concerts
                                                                                  for conservation’ series. You can look forward to enjoying a stunning line-up of
                                                                                  New Zealand’s best musical talents. We’ll be announcing our line-up in Zoo Alive’s
                                                                                  December issue. Keep an eye on the website for details and how to get your tickets
                                                                                  and FOTZ discount.                                                                 F              RE

                                                                                                                                                      Spring 10RE   ZOOAlive
Feature                               Journey into
     Our American alligator Doris and her exhibit mates Dakota, Dixie,
     Georgia, and Tallulah have now settled into the Zoo’s new ‘Gator Territory’
     in The Tropics.
     This exhibit is the first stop-off in an exciting development that, once
     complete, will take visitors on an extensive journey through the lush
     sub-tropics and tropics of the Americas.
     With the arrival of spring, these cold-blooded creatures from the swampy
     wetlands and everglades of the south-eastern United States are literally
     warming into action.
     As the Zoo’s Reptiles team leader Lana Judd explains, the alligators are
     coming out of brumation – a period when reptiles don’t eat and barely
     move, due to cold temperatures.
     “The higher the temperatures and sunshine hours, the more you’ll see
     these girls out on the beach and grass area sunning themselves, as well
     as active in the water. As we head into summer, our team is working                                                         American alligators
     towards introducing a regular alligator encounter which will be a great                                 home to five female
                                                                                        The Tropics is now
     way for visitors to see and find out more about these stunning animals
     that were once so close to extinction,” says Lana. “It’ll definitely be one
     not to miss!”

                                                                                     Primate species
                                                                                     During November, Stage Two of The Tropics opens. Linked by a connecting
                                                                                     boardwalk from the alligator exhibit, this area will be home to South
                                                                                     America’s critically endangered cotton-top tamarin from Colombia, and
                                                                                     the pygmy marmoset, whose home range extends from Ecuador through
                                                                                     to Peru, Brazil and Bolivia.
                                                                                     The world’s smallest living primate, the pygmy marmoset is a new
                                                                                     species for Auckland Zoo.
                                                                                     As part of the international captive breeding programme, a female pygmy
                                                                                     marmoset is relocating from the UK’s Twycross Zoo, and a male from Mogo
                                                                                     Zoo, Australia. Due to arrive in November, the pair won’t move in their
                                                                                     new purpose-built area within the tamarin exhibit until after their required
                                                                                     30-day quarantine at our New Zealand Centre for Conservation Medicine
                                                                                     The boardwalk winding through this two-species exhibit creates an
                                                                                     immersive experience for visitors, and part way through leads into a large
                                                                                     under-cover area, with clear views out into the two animal exhibits. The
                                                                                     tamarins have two distinct outside areas that are connected by high ropes
                                                                                     – one encompassing a large moated island, and the other a large land area.
                                                                                     “It’s a fantastic environment for them with the ropes as well as large trees
                                                                                     providing the perfect climbing conditions for these very active New World
                                                                                     monkeys,” says Primate team leader Courtney Eparvier.

     Aviary and
     A large bird aviary between the alligator and primate exhibits                parrots, the blue and gold macaw and scarlet macaw (currently located
     alongside Motions Creek within The Tropics, and an extension of The           behind our Galapagos tortoise exhibit), with the rainforest remaining home
     Tropics boardwalk to link it up with our current rainforest, will complete    to spider monkeys, golden lion tamarins, bonnet macaques, siamang
     this project in the coming year. The aviary will be home to South American    gibbons, and otters.

10   ZOOAlive Spring 10
Creating stunning landscapes
As the Zoo’s Curator of Horticulture, Hugo Baynes has been             The Tropics has been how it has brought to life Motions Creek.
responsible for the landscaping of The Tropics. He and his team        “The sight and sound of Motions Creek in this part of the
have worked closely with zoo keeping, architectural, engineering       Zoo, previously hidden, has now really been opened up. This
and construction staff to meet the challenge of fulfilling practical   development has also put the spotlight on some magnificent
requirements like animal and visitor needs, while creating             existing trees. All up, the combined effects are stunning.”
stunning tropical environments that will endure.

In typical Hugo Baynes style, the passionate environmentalist
has recycled many existing trees and plants from around the
Zoo, and also sourced a number of tropical beauties externally
for free!

“The eight stunning dragon trees (Draceana draco) at the front
of the alligator exhibit would have swallowed up the entire
landscape budget on their own if we’d had to purchase them.
Luckily, Auckland City Council offered these to us free of charge
three years ago when they had to remove them from St Patrick’s
Square for its $9m redevelopment. I had no appropriate use for
them at the time, but I had a hunch I’d be able to make great
dramatic use of them for a future project,” says Hugo.

Hugo says as well as introducing new palm and cycad species to
create diverse ecological environments, it’s also been important
to make use of already growing New Zealand native species.
Having worked at the Zoo for close to 20 years, Hugo believes
one of the most surprising, but rewarding results from creating

Riches from elephant dung
 Auckland Zoo’s WildZone gift shop has become the first retail outlet in          $29.90, range from notebooks and greeting cards to photo frames,
 New Zealand to stock a stunning range of paper products made with                sketchbooks and an elephant story book (telling the Maximus story).
 elephant dung, the production and sale of which is helping both people
 and elephants.                                                                   Buying Maximus products from Auckland Zoo supports Maximus
                                                                                  employees. Maximus also allocates a percentage of its revenue
 Produced in Sri Lanka, these Maximus products are improving the                  to the Millennium Elephant Foundation. To find out more visit
 livelihood of locals, mostly employed in rural areas, to spread the    
 word of this unique paper to bordering areas.

 As villagers reap the benefits of making a sustainable living from
 elephants, negative attitudes towards a species that has often
 threatened their livelihood, are changing. Instead of a threat,
 the elephant is being viewed as a valuable natural resource
 worth protecting.

 Human-elephant conflict remains the greatest threat to the survival
 of the Asian elephant. As habitat shrinks and becomes fragmented,
 people are more frequently coming into contact with elephants.
 Villagers protecting their crops are often killed by elephants, and
 elephants are often killed in retaliation.

 Maximus has certainly offered one solution. It started with just seven
 employees, using dung from six elephants from the not-for-profit
 Millennium Elephant Foundation near Kegalle. Today it employs over
 150 locals and uses dung from the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
 in Kegalle and from elephants passing by the Maximus factory in
 Dambulla, located on the edge of Minneriya National Park.

 “I’ve been lucky enough to visit Sri Lanka, meet some of the locals
 involved, and see how the paper is made. It’s a really cool process,
 and it’s great to think that this paper is being sent all around the
 world, and telling this very important story,” says Auckland Zoo
 elephant team leader, Andrew Coers.

 The Maximus products at WildZone, priced from just $3.50 to

                                                                                                                       Spring 10   ZOOAlive             11
Tiaki                       “to look after, conserve, protect, save”

                                     Orangutan workshop highlights
                                     value of consumer pressure
                                                                                expansion of the industry, providing breathing room while the industry
                                                                                looks for ways to meet production demands and minimise adverse
                                                                                environmental impact.

                                                                                Join us to celebrate Orangutan Caring Week (6 - 13 November).
                                     I was recently invited to attend           See this issue’s Events Calendar for details.
                                     and present a paper at the 2010
                                     International Workshop on
                                     Orangutan Conservation, held on
                                     the Indonesian island of Bali.

This important workshop brought together over 200 people from 13
different countries. Delegates represented government agencies,
conservation groups, researchers, as well as the palm oil industry. It
was very encouraging to see
the participation of the industry, given the expansion of oil
palm plantations remains the key threat to the survival
of the orangutan.

The United Nations predicts that by 2022, 98 per cent of Indonesian
lowland rainforest will have gone to make way for
oil palm plantations.

With nowhere to live, hundreds of animal and plant species will also
disappear. The struggle of the orangutan, genetically
97.4 per cent the same as us, is just the high profile symbol
of this unfolding tragedy.

Auckland Zoo, which has a reputation as a high profile advocate for
wildlife, was the only captive facility invited to participate and present a
paper at this workshop, a fantastic opportunity to share and learn about
others’ efforts.

Unsurprisingly, the workshop confirmed that the expansion of oil
palm plantations into rainforest habitat remains the key threat to
the orangutan.

The Indonesian government is struggling to enforce wildlife and
environmental protection laws. Additionally, the pressures of activities        Auckland Zoo is working with its partners and suppliers to
such as illegal logging, mining, hunting for food and the pet trade, are all    become palm oil free. If you want to reduce or eliminate your
taking their toll on orangutan numbers.                                         palm oil consumption, use our Palm Oil Free Shopping Guide at
                                                                       Also online or available at the
Currently there are estimated to be fewer than 6,600 orangutans in Sumatra      Zoo Info Centre, is our handy Palm Oil Ingredient Card that
and somewhere between 30,000 - 50,000 in Borneo. Compare this to its            tells you what names palm oil can be listed as so you can make
three great ape cousins; gorilla - 95,000, chimpanzee - 299,000, and            informed choices when you shop.
humans - 6.5 billion.

However, as conservation agencies on the ground continue their work, there
is hope on the horizon. The palm oil industry is beginning to respond.
Influenced by strong public opinion and consumers who now have a better
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12         ZOOAlive Spring 10
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family. Pinniped means ‘fin foot’. Instead of four legs
they have four flippers (like fins) that help them swim.
The back flippers on fur seals, sea lions and walruses
turn forward to help them walk on land. Pinnipeds have
five fingers or toes in their flippers.                                                                                                JOKE
                                                                                                                                       Q.Why do seals
   Ask a keeper                                                                                                                          swim in salt
                                                                                                                                       A. Because pepper
                                                                                                                                          water makes
   What animals live at Sea Lion Shores?                                                                                                  them sneeze!
   Keeper Joel Milicich: “Here at Auckland Zoo we have two               You can
   New Zealand fur seals, one sub-Antarctic fur seal and two
   Californian sea lions. Kaiako, a New Zealand fur seal, is the
   smallest – but he has the biggest personality. All the fur seals
   that live here were injured in the wild and now would not             Even though they are not hunted now,
   survive on their own.”                                                New Zealand fur seals are still in
                                                                         danger from drowning in fishing nets or
                                                                         choking on plastic they find in the sea.

                                                                         You can help fur seals and other sea
                                                                         animals by picking up any plastic
                                                                         you find on a beach. If you see a fur
                                                                         seal, don’t try to touch it. If you are
                                                                         walking with your dog, keep the dog
                                                                         away too. If you ever find a seal that
                                                                         is severely injured, tangled up in net
                                                                         or other rubbish, or being annoyed by
                                                                         people or dogs, call the Department of
                                                                         Conservation HOTline 0800 362 468.

                                                                                                                    Spring 10     ZOOAlive                   15
Te Wao Nui                                              a unique New Zealand experience

From the world’s rarest duck - that also doesn’t fly, to one of the planet’s
heaviest insects, frogs that don’t croak, and a reptile-like creature that pre-
dates dinosaurs, New Zealand is home to incredible wildlife found nowhere
else on this earth

In recent months Auckland Zoo has begun construction of our new New
Zealand precinct, Te Wao Nui, that will encompass six distinct ecosystems,
cover a quarter of the Zoo’s on-display area, and be home to many of these
unique creatures.

This $16m New Zealand development, which is being funded by Auckland
City Council ($9.4m) and through funds raised by the Auckland Zoo
Charitable Trust, is the largest and most important project ever undertaken
in our 88-year history.

                                                                                    Increasing conservation efforts
                                                                                    Auckland Zoo director, Jonathan Wilcken, says Te Wao Nui is about celebrating
                                                                                    and helping to protect this country’s unique native wildlife. “It’s really going to
                                                                                    open the door on the conservation work that the Zoo has been doing for native
                                                                                    species behind-the-scenes for many years, and will see us increasing these
                                                                                    efforts. It will also bring to the fore our many important partnerships, including
                                                                                    those with the Department of Conservation and Ngati Whatua o Orakei – both
                                                                                    of whom have been key in helping us make this project a reality.”

                                                                                    Visitors will also play a part in contributing to conserving Aotearoa’s unique
                                                                                    creatures of the ocean, land and air, as a percentage of every adult admission
                                                                                    will be directed to help New Zealand animals in the wild. With the Zoo looking
                                                                                    to grow its links with restoration projects and community groups we also
For you, our visitors, Te Wao Nui is going to offer the opportunity to experience
                                                                                    hope to connect you, our visitors, with these groups and inspire you to get
this country’s animals, plants and living cultural history in a way that’s never
                                                                                    more involved.
been done before in New Zealand, and with an opening date of September
2011, that’s just a year away!

If you’ve come into the Zoo recently, you may have noticed that Sea Lion &
Penguin Shores has been closed off. This area is being redeveloped to become
the first area of Te Wao Nui – ‘The Coast’ due to open in December
(see story page 7).

The other five areas are ‘The Islands’, ‘The Wetlands’, The Night Forest’, ‘The
Forest’ and ‘The High Country’. In total, Te Wao Nui will feature over 60 animal
species and over 100 plant species. Much of the development for these areas is
taking place in areas of the Zoo that you wouldn’t normally visit.

The area that included our old aquarium is where ‘The Wetlands’ and ‘The
Night Forest’ are being created, while ‘The High Country’ uses land at the back
of the Zoo that was once our llama paddock, and extends up into the hillside.

‘The Forest’, located at our former NZ Native Aviary, will be home to many
of our unique native birds, including the endangered kokako, and the world’s
rarest duck, the Campbell Island teal.

In ‘The Night Forest’ you will encounter iconic animals like our kiwi and native
Morepork, but also species that have never been on public display or held here
before, such as the short-tailed bat (one of NZ’s only two mammals), cave weta,
and one of the world’s heaviest insects, the Wetapunga!

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