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"Discovery" the theme for Conservation Week at Hamilton Zoo

Zoo News - Posted 29 October 2014

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With its aim of “inspiring conservation action”, Hamilton Zoo is the ideal location for families and nature lovers to enjoy Conservation Week.

Conservation Week is an annual event run by the Department of Conservation to raise awareness of the benefits of conservation and encourage people to get involved. The theme for 2014 is “Discover the world where you live”

Zoo Director Stephen Standley says that to mark Conservation Week, the zoo is slashing 25 per cent off admission for everyone who leaves the car at home and rides the Dinsdale bus to the zoo during the week. The Dinsdale bus heads out to Hamilton Zoo from the Hamilton Transport Centre (Bryce Street) regularly each day. 

“A simple and effective way to reduce our carbon footprint is to drive less,” said Mr Standley. 

“So to encourage our visitors to think green and ride the bus we’re offering a significant discount off zoo admission, and Conservation Week is a great time to visit with an action-packed week planned to highlight our native treasures”.

Starting Saturday and running through to Friday you can catch a free special Weka Walk keeper talk at 11am. Visitors will get a quick tour in the Weka Walk with a keeper to meet and learn a bit more about our Weka Walk natives – the North Island weka, kea, geckos, skinks and reptiles.

“Something special we’re making available to the public during Conservation Week is a Native Face2Face encounter,” said Mr Standley.

“A keeper will take visitors behind the scenes in the reptile area to get up close with our geckos, skinks and will have the opportunity to meet Hendrix the tuatara.”

The Native Face2Face is at 1pm:

  • Saturday 1 November
  • Sunday 2 November
  • Wednesday 5 November
  • Friday 7 November

Spaces are limited for each Face2Face so arrive early to secure your spot. Cost is $15 per person with 10per cent going to the Hamilton Zoo Conservation Fund.

Conservation Week finishes up with the 10th birthday open day across the road at Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park. It’s a celebration of 10 years of conservation work and features park tours, guest speakers, outdoor adventures, face painting and much more.

Conservation Week runs Saturday 1 November to Sunday 9 November. Hamilton Zoo is open daily from 9am to 5pm (last entry 3.30pm). Normal Zoo admission prices apply if you do not travel on the bus.

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