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Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by Zoofan15, 6 Jan 2019.

  1. Zoofan15

    Zoofan15 Well-Known Member

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    News for January 2019

    The female Orange-fronted parakeet has laid 6 eggs, which it is currently sitting on. Another 6 chicks (hatched last year) will soon be released into the wild.

    16 South Island whio (blue duck) were hatched this season, and will be released into the wild once mature.

    An Orana bred Kiwi chick will be released into the wild this month; Paru (male Kiwi) is currently incubating another two eggs.

    Upcoming Projects for 2019

    -New native fauna habitats
    -New education facility
    -New White rhinoceros facility (increase holding capacity to 20 rhinoceros)
    -Upgrade to on-site catering facilities

    Also, in case anyone was wondering...the 8 African wild dogs that arrived in June last year were from Taronga Western Plains Zoo and are 8 females aged 18 months to 6 years.
     
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    Any info on the when and how import of more rhinos? Also any plans for breeding wild dogs????
     
  3. Zoofan15

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    There’s some info on the White rhinoceros here:

    Orana Wildlife Park to build new $500,000 rhino facility to help save animals from extinction in 2024

    Some of the new arrivals will just be quarantined here, prior to being sent to Australia. I’m guessing additions to the breeding herd will involve swaps with Hamilton Zoo and possibly Auckland Zoo. Having two mature bulls at a facility (though obviously not housed together) is thought to stimulate the breeding bull to breed; and Auckland Zoo have a herd of 2.1 (and no space to hold two herds) so the logical solution appears to be to send one of these to Orana and import a second female for breeding. Imani (born 2007) is the only female not to have bred at Hamilton Zoo, so I’d consider her a likely option for export (if the current breeding situation isn’t working for a female, it usually never will).

    As for the African wild dogs, Orana Wildlife Park have previously imported a similar size pack of 7 young female littermates that they never bred from, so I’d imagine they have the same intention for this pack (several adult females in a breeding pack would be chaos); HOWEVER...Hamilton Zoo appear to be repeating history with their pack and may in a couple of years acquire one of the youngest females in Orana’s pack to pair with their 2 newly imported young males.
     
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    Really surprised they are still hanging on in the region!
     
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