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Werribee Open Range Zoo 2013 News from WORZ

Discussion in 'Australia' started by zooboy28, 18 Apr 2013.

  1. zooboy28

    zooboy28 Moderator Staff Member

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    From the Zoos Victoria facebook page today:

     
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    Hahah. I beat you to it by 1 minute. Since I don't get a prize, I am happy for a mod to merge the two threads or even delete mine.
     
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    You didn't beat me to it by one minute, I beat you by one minute! :p

    But yes, they should be merged.
     
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    nanoboy was working on the concept that NZers are slower than Australians.

    zooboy28 was working on the concept that nanoboy is wrong.

    zooboy28's thread wins by default as it was first :p
     
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    Did anyone see last night's episode of Mr and Mrs Murder on Channel 10 (Australia)?

    All the zoo scenes were filmed last year at Werribee Zoo. I happened to be at the zoo on one of the days they were filming, and I got a pic with Sean Micallef (the male protagonist). :D

    Anyway, see if this link for the episode works for you: Full Episodes & Videos | Channel Ten
     
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    I don't watch "The Block" on Channel 9, but I did last night because they filmed a segment at Werribee Zoo. I can't find the link with my phone, but if you are interested, it should be on the Channel 9 website. You will need to forward to halfway to see WORZ.

    The challenge was for each team to build an enrichment centre for the gorillas, with the gorillas being the judges of the best design. Visitation at the zoo will no doubt spike, because it is a hugely popular show. Great timing with school holidays around the corner.
     
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    Well that sounds like a pretty good arrangement: TV show wins, zoo wins, gorillas win.

    What were the "enrichment centres" and were they enriching for the gorillas?
     
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    Well, they split the zoo challenge over two episodes. I assumed the second episode was next week, but it looks like it airs every night!! Anyway, I missed tonight's episode, so I did not see the actual enrichment centres. :(

    The episodes/clips should be here though: TheBlock > home :ninemsn Homes
     
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    A two week old female white rhino calf is currently being hand-raised. No details about the parents, however it would be interesting to see if this was the offspring of the female who has a habit of mis-mothering her offspring.
     
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    Discussed here: http://www.zoochat.com/24/southern-white-rhino-birth-323223/, but good to have a mention of it on the main news thread too.

    Mother is Sisi, father appears unclear and open to speculation.
     
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    Mother doesn't have the best track record with babies, and dad is Umgana - so I heard.

    Two weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to be allowed back of house to meet the little girl for about 15 minutes. What an amazing experience! She came over and smelled my hand the way a dog would, and I got to pat and stroke her. She is very possessive of the vets/keepers that care for her.

    There has been a gag order on posting pics and vids online, but this might be lifted, now that she has finally met the press. I might be able to post some files soon.
     
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    best wildlife encounter?
     
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    Right up there! Unique too, because the general public can't do it. :D
     
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    I don't really understand the photos on that link, it looks like there is a bus there, but I don't know why. Is it an extension of the Safari bus network? Will have to check it out when I next visit. :confused:
     
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    I have not been in about 6 months, so I am excited to see what the new entry precinct looks like too. Maybe when it gets warmer I will go check it out.
     
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    I realise that this will sound pretty pretentious to anyone who knows Melbourne, but living in the eastern suburbs means I don't visit Werribee Zoo quite as often as I'd like to. I only end up going about once a year if I'm lucky.
     
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    Crossing the yarra can be tiresome! LOL
     
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    And once a year is probably enough anyway for a zoo that far away.
     
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    What! :D Do you drive?

    I've been twice this year, and will definitely visit again, despite living in the Eastern suburbs too. Its a great zoo to wander around but there is a fairly small collection, so it only takes a half day.