News & Diaries
'Snapped at the Zoo' finalists announced
Posted 21 February 2018
The 2018 finalists have been announced... and with almost 150 entries to go through, it was a tough job!
Entries were open throughout January with visitors invited to send in images they'd taken during their visit for the under 16 years category or the 16 years and over.
The finalists are now on the Hamilton Zoo Facebook page. Click here to tell us your favourite.
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