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Hamilton Zoo Draft Master Plan
Posted 18 April 2017
A plan to enhance Hamilton Zoo is now available for community feedback. Click here to go straight to the plan.
The Hamilton Zoo Master Plan is an extensive document which explores a range of options to develop the visitor experience at the popular visitor attraction.
Among the ideas included are overnight “glamping” experiences and changes which would see more direct interactions between visitors and animals.
The plan is not funded, and any projects which stem from it will need to be considered as part of Hamilton City Council’s 2018-2028 10-Year Plan deliberations.
Stephen Standley, Hamilton Zoo Director, says with the Council having endorsed the plan for consultation, members of the public can now have a say.
“Hamilton Zoo is owned by the people of the city, so they are a crucial stakeholder for us,” Mr Standley says.
“The plan sets out a direction of travel for our zoo over the next 10-15 years, and we want to know what people think.”
An online portal has been created for members of the public to provide feedback – hamilton.govt.nz/zooplan
Physical copies of the plan are also available at the zoo, together with a feedback form which visitors can complete.
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