Home / News & Diaries » Zoo News » Hamilton Zoo Tuatara head for new home

Hamilton Zoo Tuatara head for new home

Zoo News - Posted 26 August 2014

Tuatara

Ten juvenile tuatara from Hamilton Zoo set off on Monday, bound for a new home.

The 10 reptiles are being transferred to Stanley Island, a pest-free Department of Conservation wildlife reserve in the Mercury Islands, off the coast of the Coromandel Peninsula.

In the early 1990s, Hamilton Zoo provided a safe haven for four tuatara which had been removed from Stanley Island so the Department of Conservation could carry out a pest eradication program. 

Hamilton Zoo Curator Samantha Kudeweh says the intention has always been to breed and return these iconic reptiles to the island.

 “Seven tuatara bred at the zoo from that initial group were released back to Stanley island in 2004.  The current travellers represent two further successful breeding events, and we are now able to send them back to their island to boost the wild population.”

Hamilton and Auckland Zoos have been part of a tuatara “breed for release” programme.  Eggs laid at the zoo were sent to Victoria University to be incubated and hatched, and hatchling tuatara were then sent back to the zoo to be cared for and raised to a releasable size.

They’re expected to return home to Stanley Island on Monday, weather permitting.

“They will travel with Hamilton Zoo Veterinarian Mike Goold who has been their primary caregiver since they were hatchlings,” says Ms Kudeweh.

Recent updates

Hamilton Zoo introduces winter hours
Zoo News - Posted 1 June 2017

Hamilton Zoo Draft Master Plan
Zoo News - Posted 15 May 2017

Mum Visits Free on Mother's Day
Zoo News - Posted 3 May 2017

Zoo raises over $50,000 for conservation
Zoo News - Posted 12 April 2017

Palm oil campaigners' support grows
Zoo News - Posted 28 March 2017

Two Day Closure
Zoo News - Posted 16 March 2017

Winners - Snapped at the Zoo
Zoo News - Posted 13 March 2017

Shouldn’t they be in the wild?
Zoo News - Posted 16 February 2017

Outstanding fundraising campaign for low-decile schools
Zoo News - Posted 17 January 2017

SNAPPED at the Zoo!
Zoo News - Posted 12 January 2017

 
Archives

Archives 2017
Archives 2016
Archives 2015
Archives 2014
Archives 2013