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  1. Jambo

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    Hamilton welcomed five baby animals over the latter course of December. They welcomed,

    -A baby Zebra:Hamilton Zoo

    -Two KuneKune piglets:Hamilton Zoo

    -A baby Cotton top tamiran: Hamilton Zoo

    - A Female baby Bison:Hamilton Zoo

    All exciting news to start 2019!:)
     
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    New Siamang Gibbon

    Hamilton Zoo have received a female Siamang gibbon named Kasih from Orana Wildlife Park.

    Kasih was born 14/04/2009 at Orana Wildlife Park to Oscar and Peggy (born 1989 at Auckland Zoo) making her the granddaughter of Hamilton Zoo’s male, Itam (born 1984 at Berlin Zoo):

    Itam (1984) > Peggy (1989) > Kasih (2009)

    So presumably Hamilton Zoo is intending for Kasih to serve as a companion animal to Itam; and then will import an unrelated male to breed with her upon his death.
     
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    Sad news; but by no means unexpected, given his age. 12 years old is a great age for this species. I saw Zumo recently, lying in the sun with Msaka. He looked very content.

    Zumo was the last of his family to live at Hamilton. His parents (both deceased) are to date the most successful breeding pair of African wild dog in New Zealand. Zumo attained the alpha position at a very young age (around 18 months) I heard.
     
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    It seems to have escaped everyone’s notice (including mine), but Maluku the giraffe died in September 2018. He was the zoo’s only Rothschild’s giraffe. There are now only four Rothschild’s giraffe in New Zealand - 3.0 at Keystone; 0.1 at Orana Wildlife Park.

    Makulu was born November 1999 at Orana Wildlife Park, and arrived at Hamilton Zoo in December 2000.

    Hamilton Zoo now has five hybrid/generic giraffe born between 1998 and 2006.
     
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    Kito the Southern white rhinoceros is pregnant with her fourth calf (due March/April 2020):

    Southern white rhino pregnant at Hamilton Zoo

    Kito has previously given birth to:

    1.0 Ubuntu - Born 12/03/2010

    0.1 Unnamed - Stillborn 19/04/2013

    1.0 Samburu - Born 28/06/2016
     
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    Hamilton Zoo Bison Herd

    If we ignore the mistakes in this article (the title implies they still hold tapir; and they incorrectly state there has never been an unexpected rhino death) there is some info about breeding Bison:

    Gore is planning on trying to develop an artificial insemination programme in the coming year - looking at bison.

    "Most of the bison in Australasia came in one big group many years ago and there hasn't been much new blood. So what we are doing is going back to America and seeing if we can get some totally unrelated bison from our bison and
    try and bring the semen into the country."