I went to the zoo yesterday -- possibly not the smartest decision as it was unseasonably hot ...... never mind ..... Approx 20 % of the zoo was cordoned off for long overdue redevelopment so it is good to see some more century old cages being demolished . The new chimp night facilities are almost finished , and so hopefully the old quarters will be demolished and more room will be provided ..... The new Africa Plains exhibit ( Girraffe , zebra , ostrich etc ) is starting to be built near the old kangaroo and bison region . The old steps next to the meerkats are being turned into a close encounters amphitheatre . These last 2 developments are in the very early stages ( 1 week into development ) so they will be ready later this year . There are 3 enclosures that house agoutis -- the zoo will have at least 10 of these . The collared pecarries are being phased out permanently from NZ Recent births are a boy and girl from the Servals , and about 4 rare skinks from Otago ( NZ ). Wellington Zoo is also fortunate in that the adult servals actually enjoy each others company most of the time ( they usually are solitary animals ) What I find really frustrating is the number of small enclosures housing small Australian lizards scattered throughout the zoo -- why cant they be together in one reptile house ?