Join our zoo community

Sunbear/Tiger Breeding at Wellington Zoo

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by Joe Franklin, 4 Sep 2019.

  1. Joe Franklin

    Joe Franklin New Member

    Joined:
    22 Jan 2019
    Posts:
    3
    Location:
    Kapiti
    Does anybody know what the plan is for New Zealand's only sunbear, Sasa from Wellington Zoo ?.

    Also any word on how Bashi/Senja the Sumatran Tiger's are getting along ?.
     
    Last edited: 4 Sep 2019
  2. Zoofan15

    Zoofan15 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    7 Mar 2015
    Posts:
    5,457
    Location:
    New Zealand
    I don't believe they have any breeding plans for Sasa. There has been a lack of interest in this species in Australasia lately with zoos phasing them out; or holding non breeding animals.

    The world's slowest tiger introduction is currently being conducted between Bashi and Senja. It started in 2017 and last I heard, they still haven't physically met (only seen each other through the mesh). :rolleyes:

    If you're interested, they'll be some more info on Bashi and Senja in this thread:

    Big/Small Cats in Australasian Zoos – News, History and Discussion

    You can use the search bar (top right) to search for anything specific in the thread like the name of a tiger etc. :)
     
    Jambo and Tafin like this.
  3. toothlessjaws

    toothlessjaws Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    11 Apr 2017
    Posts:
    205
    Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
    Sunbears are the latest exotic species for the ZAA to give up on. The zoos seemed surprised that a species known for being difficult to breed in captivity with status quo zoo exhibits and husbandry failed to breed in when they provided them with status quo exhibits and husbandry.

    Meanwhile they decided to try their hand at leopards, a species that had barely just been phased out of the regions zoos.

    It'd be laughable but for the fact that sunbears are a threatened species with no stable, reproducing population in captivity.
     
    tetrapod likes this.