Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by Nisha, 24 Jan 2019.
Auckland has imported 0.2 Cape Porcupines. They came over from Prague Zoo
Does anyone know what their population of this species is now?
At Auckland? Two females.
They are in with the Meerkats in the African aviary, according to Facebook.
My apologies, I assumed Cape porcupines were another name for Crested porcupine. Last I heard, Auckland Zoo had 1.1 of these (Crested) unless they’ve died; or been sent to Orana or Wellington?
Cape Porcupine is another name for South African Crested Porcupine. The previous (non-breeding) pair at Auckland died quite some time ago.
Just quickly checking, the female died in 2015. Not sure when the male died - must have been 2016 I guess.
Oh okay and wow, they have been out of them for a while. Wellington Zoo have 1.1; I’m not sure what Orana have.
Orana has two female North African Crested Porcupines.
Wellington has 1.2 South African Cresteds. One pair is on display - I'm not sure if they still have the second female (they imported two last year) or if they have sent her elsewhere.
Natureland should still have a non-breeding pair of South African Cresteds.
The Zebra foal, born on Christmas Eve, has been named, Eve. The other names in the vote where, Zawadi and Binti.
Diallo (at Natureland Zoo) came from Wellington Zoo, but also spent time at Auckland. I believe Wellington and Auckland Zoo did a swap at some point as at least one of Auckland's previous breeding ppair (now deceased) came from Wellington.
It's a shame Orana imported a different sub species. Having four holders of South African crested porcupines could have been the foundation of a decent breeding programme. They're clearly not easy to breed.
Apart for a male imported by Orana in 1995, all the South African Crested Porcupines were imported by Wellington.
They are different species, not subspecies. Crested Porcupines are easy to breed - New Zealand just seems to have had incredibly bad luck with them to date.
Are you aware of any births in New Zealand? I’ve only heard of Auckland Zoo coming close to breeding (the female was believed to have had a miscarriage).
I know Orana definitely had babies. I'm pretty sure Wellington did as well, but I might be in error on that one.
Southern White Rhino’s, Inkosi and Jamila have been introduced. So far, so good!
Is Zambezi still at the zoo? The article doesn’t mention him and refers to Inkosi as ‘our resident bachelor’ (as opposed to ‘one of our resident bachelors’).
The males are both still there.
The Nepalese red panda cub is a male and voting for a name is now open. The names are:
Jing - means 'surprise' in Chinese
Tashi - means 'good fortune' in Tibetan
Jadu - means 'magic' in Nepali
Druk - means 'thunder dragon’
Auckland Zoo wants you to name their new red panda cub
Even though they’re all decent names, I’m not sure I like it when zoos invite you to ‘name’ something by voting for a name out of four options.
Yes, I’m sure it saves valuable seconds when the majority of people suggest stupid names (including their own name or their child’s name because he/she is “just the biggest panda fan ever and will come to the zoo every day for ever and ever..”) but I always enjoy the challenge of thinking up an appropriate name for the new animal.
I suppose subconsciously I realise I have a better chance of winning a prize when my awesome naming suggestions are unleashed into a pool of 95% garbage contributed by the general public. Now the best I can hope for is the name I vote for will also be voted by the majority and that when a person’s name is drawn out of a hat fair and square (because of course the organiser would never chose a friend or a relative with a different surname), it will be mine.
Separate names with a comma.