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Together lets give a child a day to remember this holiday season
Posted 14 December 2018
The holiday season is a time for family, celebration and fun in the sun - unfortunately this isn't the reality for everyone.
For many children, Christmas isn't the special time that it should be. So, we want to help make it a little brighter by supporting the Waikato Women's Refuge and the children in their care.
From today, our visitors and the wider community have the opportunity to add a donation to their admission or simply call in the reception and make a donation to the fund AND Hamilton Zoo will match the value. 100% will then go towards providing Zoo passes to families in need through the Waikato Women's Refuge, who do an amazing job.
Donations are OPEN from Monday 26 November to Monday 24 December.
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?!
MEAT HEAD - CLOSE UP
TO THE VICTOR THE SPOILS