Home / News & Diaries

News & Diaries

Hamilton Zoo's half century a happy birthday for founder

Posted 8 April 2019

Murray2 Waikato Times

Folks couldn't get enough of Murray Powell's pheasants.

Hundreds of people from Hamilton and surrounds would flock to his Rotokauri property to marvel at his bird-raising operation. 

There's something in this, he thought. That was fifty years ago.

CLICK HERE for full story...

 

 

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.  

If you would like to read more about palm oil, the damage it's doing and how you can help, click here.

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?!

MENCARI'S GIRAFFE

 1 Mencaris giraffe3

HIDDEN BONES

2 Bones

 MEAT HEAD! 

3 Meat head

MEAT HEAD - CLOSE UP

4 Meat head close up

THE VIDEO

THE AFTERMATH

7 In ruins

TO THE VICTOR THE SPOILS

8 To the victor the spoils

Recent updates

Hamilton Zoo's half century a happy birthday for founder
Zoo News - Posted 8 April 2019

Hamilton Zoo Family Fun Day IS COMING!
Zoo News - Posted 25 March 2019

Hamilton Zoo closed this Thursday
Zoo News - Posted 18 March 2019

Snapped at the Zoo
Zoo News - Posted 30 December 2018

Together lets give a child a day to remember this holiday season
Zoo News - Posted 14 December 2018

It's rhino on the move, take two...
Zoo News - Posted 28 November 2018

Labour Weekend at the Zoo
Zoo News - Posted 19 October 2018

The BUSIT Treasure Hunt at the Zoo!
Zoo News - Posted 26 September 2018

Hamilton Zoo closed Tuesday 25 September
Zoo News - Posted 19 September 2018

Rhino says no!
Zoo News - Posted 5 September 2018