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Wellington Zoo Otters multiply at Wellington Zoo

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by Simon Hampel, 26 Mar 2005.

  1. Simon Hampel

    Simon Hampel Administrator Staff Member

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    From scoop.co.nz:

     
  2. Huib

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    all males...

    Sounds like they could use some females...
    Any idea what species they are?
     
  3. Nigel

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    Wellington Zoo otters

    they are Oriental small claw otters .
    If anyone has been to Mogo Zoo , they would probably had seen an ex Wellington Zoo otter that was a real houdini escape artist .
    The zoo last bred otters in 2002 .
    I am not sure why they no longer are breeding them .... its not as if they are the most expensive animal to display .....
    Have a look at the Wellington Zoo website
    http://www.wellingtonzoo.com/ for more info .
    When I get around to developing the film , I will send the photos to Sim to put on the website -- there is at least one photo of the otter/s that is amongst them .
     
  4. Nigel

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    Otter keepers

    and guess what ? The keepers get into the enclosures with them for behavioural enrichment training . They also give a small talk about otters .
    Strangely enough , there is no "danger hype " in evidence , even though the otters at the zoo can give a nasty bite ...
     
  5. Coquinguy

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    otters in new zealand dying

    hey guys
    just wondering it you had heard that 4 otters died at hamilton zoo the other day from a mystery illness. the illness which killed two otters last year also in new zealand remains unidentified...