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Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by kiwimuzz, 29 Jun 2016.

  1. kiwimuzz

    kiwimuzz Member

    20 Oct 2015
    it's complicated
    A recent news article about Brooklands Zoo.

    "Brooklands Zoo prepares animals for a chilly winter
    Just like humans can get colds, monkeys can too, so Brooklands Zoo has been preparing our primate cousins for the winter.
    Adapting their living areas and diets while in captivity is important to ensure they survive the colder months.
    Pukekura Park curator Chris Connolly said the general rule for getting the park and all the animals ready was making sure their sleeping areas were well heated.
    "It's not so much about changing things up too much, but about making warmer areas available"
    "That way they can sort of self manage their own temperature by moving to the UV lamp when they're cold."
    Connolly said the zoo staff also altered the animal's diet slightly in some cases to account for a seasonal change they would have in the wild.
    "Our three tamarin monkeys for example receive more vitamin C, because they get colds like humans do," he said.
    "The UV light is also there because they don't produce vitamin D, which they normally get from sunlight, on their own, which is good for their coats."
    With tamarins now critically endangered, keeping them happy and well enough to breed was a big concern for the zoo.
    Other animals such as the blue-tongued lizards, otters, six capuchin and five squirrel monkeys all received either heated dens, or UV lamps to ride out the winter.
    One blue-tongued lizard at the zoo, named Kaawa, received a 60 watt upgrade in his sun lamp for the winter as well as being allowed his UV light on all night.
    "We still offer him the same amount of food but he tends to eat less in winter anyway," Connolly said.
    The two short-clawed South China otters the zoo houses also received a UV lamp as well as some extra straw to cuddle up in for those extra cold nights.
    "Although the otters weren't born in China, they were born here, we still need the option for them if they do get cold."
    "Mostly though they just use it in the morning or huddle up together."

    link to full article here
    Brooklands Zoo prepares animals for a chilly winter |

    I have only been to Brooklands Zoo once as an adult, about 5 years ago. It is located in Pukekura Park and is run by the local Council. Free Entry.
    It is a nice little Zoo.
    I recall going there several times as a child, and seeing several Chimps in a barren concrete cage. (this was in the early 1970's.)
    Does anyone know where these chimps originated or what happened to them?
  2. kiwimuzz

    kiwimuzz Member

    20 Oct 2015
    it's complicated
    It is wet and cold today, so I have been doing some internet searching on Brooklands Zoo and found some more news about this little known zoo.

    Animal Welfare Accreditation for Brooklands Zoo

    Wed 29 Jun 2016

    Brooklands Zoo’s high standard of care for its animals has been confirmed with a new accreditation.

    The zoo is one of a handful in the country to complete the Zoo and Aquarium Association’s (ZAA) Animal Welfare Accreditation Programme, which takes a new approach to the health and welfare of captive animals.

    Says Brooklands Zoo Coordinator Eve Cozzi: “We still work on the broad principles of good welfare, such as making sure the animals can choose their food, move around and express their natural behaviours.

    “But this new accreditation builds on those principles by delivering positive welfare outcomes based on five welfare domains: nutrition, environment, health, behaviour and mental affective state.

    “The accreditation is quite detailed and I’m proud that Brooklands Zoo has been confirmed as meeting that high standard of care.”

    Among the accreditation notes were particular praise for the variety of environments provided to the animals and how they have choice over microclimates (e.g. sun or shade, being at height or on the ground) and their diet.

    ZAA New Zealand Representative and Immediate Past-President Karen Fifield says with a focus on delivering positive animal welfare rather than just eliminating negative factors, the new accreditation programme is a world first for the zoo industry.

    “The wider community can be certain that ZAA member institutions provide the best level of care for their animals, not just a minimum standard,” she says.

    Brooklands Zoo’s accreditation lasts for three years.
    •ZAA represents the zoo and aquarium community throughout Australasia. The association has 91 member organisations, 86 of which are zoos, aquariums and museums, with the remainder comprising universities, TAFEs (technical and further education institutions) and government departments.

    Link to article here Animal Welfare Accreditation for Brooklands Zoo

    Well done to the team at the zoo.