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Visitors donate to Women's Refuge in Xmas lead up

Posted 17 January 2018

Presentation passes

Generous donations from Zoo visitors in the lead up to Christmas has made it possible for Hamilton Zoo to give an experience to remember to children in need. 

Visitors could elect to add donations to their admission cost from 1-24 December 2017. These donations were then matched in value and put towards Hamilton Zoo passes. 

Funds raised enabled 25 adult and 50 child passes to be gifted and these were delivered to Waikato Women's Refuge head office, to distribute on to families. 

Waikato Women's Refuge Te Whakaruruhau is the largest refuge in New Zealand, providing a 24/7 crisis line for women and children in need that suffer the impacts of domestic violence. 

Their service operates across residential safe housing, crisis, community, crisis line, independent victim specialists for high-risk cases and whanau support workers. In the lead up to the festive season, Waikato Women's Refuge have on average 23 women and 45 children residing in their six safe houses in Hamilton. 

Waikato Women's Refuge are always looking for the support of the community with items including food and basic needs for women and children. 


PHOTO: Megan (left) from Hamilton Zoo, delivers Hamilton Zoo passes to Josephine (right) at Waikato Women's Refuge Te Whakaruruhau.

Enrichment for Mencari

Posted 17 July 2016

Mencari (pronounced: Menjari) is a 16 year old Sumatran tiger and one of five who reside at Hamilton Zoo. Part of their lives in captivity involves zoo keepers providing enrichment - an animal husbandry principle that seeks to enhance the quality of captive animal care by identifying and providing the environmental stimuli necessary for optimal psychological and physiological well-being.

While it would be ideal that animals could live naturally in the wild and not in zoos, unfortunately the wild is simply not safe for these magnificent creatures anymore. Habitat destruction in Sumatra has meant that there are only approximately 300-500 left on the planet. If we stopped taking their natural habitat from them, we wouldn’t need zoos but that is a discussion for another time.  

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This series of images and video has been provided by Keeper Hamish. Technically a Sumatran tiger would never meet a giraffe in the wild, but this enrichment is also fun for keepers, and who doesn’t like making animals out of boxes?!


 1 Mencaris giraffe3


2 Bones


3 Meat head


4 Meat head close up



7 In ruins


8 To the victor the spoils

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