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Snapped at the Zoo

Posted 30 December 2018

Richard Senington

Poster 2019


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  • Images must be your own and taken at Hamilton Zoo during 1-31 January 2019.
  • Judges will be Hamilton Zoo staff and their decision will be final. No correspondence will be entered into. 
  • Entry into this competitions gives permission for Hamilton Zoo to use images on the Hamilton Zoo website and social media channels and in future promotions.
  • The winner in both sections and runner up in each section will be announced on Monday 18 February.
  • The under 16 years winner will receive a Hamilton Zoo family annual pass and an animal encounter (conditions apply).
  • The 16 years and over winner will receive a Hamilton Zoo premium tour experience for up to four people, including admission.
  • Runners up will win a day visit to Hamilton Zoo for a family (2 adults and up to four children).

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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