Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by Chlidonias, 23 Apr 2010.
White bengal tigers roar in to Pouakai Zoo | Stuff.co.nz
Another place I've never heard of - and my virus protection software is telling me in no uncertain terms not to go to their website (as a heads-up to everyone else).
What can you tell me about Pouakai?
Pouakai Zoo are members on Zoochat. Just ask any questions and they will be able to answer (I see them quite regularly logged on but they don't post very often)
Hello all... We are happy to answer questions regarding our Zoo. We are enjoying the beauty of the 3 White Royal Bengals, as have many people today from the Taranaki region. We dont post very often as we just enjoy the site and like to read all the good news about Zoo's all around the world.
Hello Pouakai zoo,
Can you tell us something about the zoo and the animal species you keep there. Do you have a website?
Hello, yes we have a website Pouakai Zoo | NewPlymouth | Get up close with our animals.
We are a small privately owned Park, with a collection of primates, a small pride of Lions and now the 3 Begals. Also have Bobcats, Meerkat, Lemur and Zebra. Along with Birds and farm yard animals.
Opp I ment "Bengals" ... not the best typest
Thank you PZ, do you intend to expand with more species in the future?
Yes we do, I think thats the goal for most parks. We do projects when an opputunity arises. We are having 'fun' with our reptiles and would like our wee collection to increase.
Cheers. Are the bobcats capable of breeding? As I believe they must be the only ones in the region.
Is this a complete list of undomesticated mammals at the zoo?
- Spider Monkey
- Ring-tailed Lemur
Are there any species of interest that you are keen to have in the short or long term?
We also have Vervet Monkey, Pig Tailed Macque, Bonnet Macques, Lar Gibbons, and you cant forget our famous blind Mallard Duck
Excellent. When did you acquire the zoo, and did you start it yourself or purchase it from previous owners?
We have 2 female bobcats..mother and daughter. We know there are Bobcats at Franklin Zoo, because they were bred here at Pouakai Zoo. We would really love to get some more Meerkats as our poor fellow is now on his own, this is our next mission.
We purchased the zoo about 5 years ago, The Zoo started in 1987.
why is that the tigers are only with you for a year (according to the news article)? And if its not confidential, are they on loan from Zion for a fee or without charge?
I assume the wording of the article was a press release (or based on a press release) from yourselves, so I appreciate the note that the tigers are white due to a recessive gene (rather than bringing out the "extinct species" tripe).
And re the vervet(s), did you find out where they came from before Pouakai?
Hi The Vervets came from Perth Zoo...way back in 1994.
The Tigers are here on Loan from Zion Wildlife Gardens, for approx 12 to 15 months.
Yes it was important to point out they are not an extinct species.
After the 12 to 15 months are up, do you get an option to extend the loan or something like that? Otherwise it seems like you've got a big new (?) enclosure without its star attractions.
As you can imagine we do have a plan.... will keep you posted on that
this article came out just five days after the initial article in this thread but I missed it (29 April)
Tigers at centre of ownership stoush - national | Stuff.co.nz
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