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Auckland Zoo Wild Indonesia Development

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by ZooBoyNZ, 25 Apr 2017.

  1. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    As far as I know there are no monkeys used in NZ research. I'd be surprised if there were. There are definitely a variety of primates in labs in Australia (macaques, marmosets, douroucoulis, etc). They aren't necessarily adaptable to zoo-life however, given their living conditions and histories.
     
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    Monkeyworld here in the UK demonstrates that ex-laboratory primates (especially their several dozen Capuchins) can be successfully socialised and do well in a zoo setting.
     
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  3. Zoofan15

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    Wouldn't an accredited zoo like Auckland Zoo prefer to import Crab Eating Macaques that are already part of the breeding programme (know geneological history) as oppose to lab animals, whose details may be unreliable or unknown? (Asssuming they will not just be a display/non breeding group).
     
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    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    Part of what breeding programme? The ones in Australian zoos are just the tag-end of the former population before macaques were largely abandoned by zoos. There was never a "breeding programme", they were just kept and bred by those zoos which wanted to do so.
     
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    An already established international breeding programme (surely one exisits for Crab Eating Macaques?)

    I'm guessing Auckland Zoo's Chacma Baboon were never part of a breeding programme (just the remnants of a group which had been kept at the zoo for decades), yet the recently (2009) imported troop of Hamadryas baboon are part of a breeding programme, which I assume the macaques will be.
     
  6. ZooBoyNZ

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    The zoo has posted a time-lapse on their YouTube channel of the construction work so far.


     
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    Not in New Zealand per se. However, some New Zealand companies carry out primate research abroad, in countries without stringent animal welfare legislation.

    The genealogy of lab primates would almost certainly be documented. Due to how they're bred, these pedigrees would probably be more complete than for zoo animals.
     
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    Development Update - 22/4/18

    I visited Auckland Zoo on Sunday and have uploaded a few pictures to the gallery of the work so far. Progress has been made on the demolition of the orangutan exhibit and surrounding area including demolition of the lemur exhibit and stone bridge by willow island. This means you can now see right through to the band rotunda on central lawn from the path around where the orangutan exhibit was. The zoo has said the development is likely to open in stages (i.e since work on the orangutan/siamang exhibit has already started, that might open before the tiger, otter and tropical hall exhibits). An area on the left side of the tiger pit enclosure (which is in the development zone) is closed off though.

    For those who don't know, Auckland Zoo is posting an update about the development on their Facebook and Instagram pages every Sunday. Last week, they posted a sketch of a "canopy climber" which is a tall pole that will be installed in multiple locations throughout the exhibit with rope/vines connecting them for the orangutans and siamangs to brachiate across. The first full scale test canopy climber will be manufactured off-site soon over a 3-4 week period.

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    The zoo is going to be sharing an artist’s impression of new exhibit next Sunday.
     
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    Current timeline for the project:
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    Also, I should note that the zoo has reduced it's walk-up adult tickets from $28.50 to $24 and children tickets to $13 due to the construction of this development (even though only 2 animal species have had to leave the zoo).
    Booking online on the zoos website at least one day in advance of your visit is even cheaper.
     
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