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Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by Chlidonias, 5 Jan 2008.

  1. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    I take it you'll be writing a review of Ti Point then? Hint hint
     
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    I'll start a thread when finished...
     
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    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    this is a quote from the Seafriends home-page:

    Note the dates, 2005 and 2006. Obviously its still there because you visited it, but I wonder what the story is with it.
     
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    The guy that runs it is Dr. Floor Anthoni he has stopped his research so he can stay at the centre all the time to keep it afloat...

    Read about the aquariums if you can, they are unique...
     
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    I went to the Kiwi House at Whangarei Museum last month... They have plans to do a big renovation including a walk thru aviary of NZ species...
     
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    also in Whangarei

    There are plans to turn Limestone Island into some sort of wildlife sanctuary .
    I am not sure if it will be open to public access .

    Also , Queen Victoria gardens in Masterton had an aviary a few years ago
    which I believe is still in existance
     
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    Have any Nz'ers been to this Franklin Zoo yet, it seems nice from their website.
     
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    just found out about another collection, Wai Ariki Nature Park in Hanmer (in the South Island).
    Waiariki Nature Park :: Welcome
    it appears to be a hobby farm type collection but good for the family to visit.
    From their site:
     
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    Not yet... I shall make enquires using the medium of the internets and then I'll see if I can get a chance to drive out this Sunday...
     
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    Hi. Just joined Zoochat, so I thought I'd add what I know.

    Marineland in Napier is of course now closed to the public.

    Mark Vette's Rescue Zoo was purchased about three years ago, and renamed Franklin Zoo. The present owners of Franklin Zoo are zoo professionals. They are continuing to make upgrades to enclosures, and their focus is most definitely on animal welfare. Their keepers have graduated from the Unitec Captive Wild Animal Management Course. The zoo is in the process of joining ARAZPA. It is a lovely place, with a friendly family feel, and I recommend it for a visit.

    Also, there is a private zoo called Pouakai in New Plymouth, which has a number of exotics - including lions, bobcats, zebra, meerkats, rt-lemur, macaques, spider monkeys, gibbons, capuchins.
     
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    I didn't realise Mark Vette's was the same as Franklin Zoo.

    And I'd never even heard of Pouakai, but that would explain where some of the missing species in NZ are (macaques etc). Have you been there? I wonder how the two New Plymouth zoos do in competition with each other.

    here are some (poor) links to Pouakai:
    Pouakai Zoo Park
    Taranaki Wiki : Pouakai Zoo which says they have the following animals Lions, Zebra, Ostrich, Macaques, Gibbons, Lemurs, Meerkat, Bobcat, Llama, Tuatara, Emu
     
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    The New Plymouth zoos have very different feels to one another. Brooklands is council-owned and quite-park like and there is no admission fee, so I expect people might go there regularly - as they would the botanical gardens.

    Their animal collections are quite different too - with Brooklands having otters and a red panda as drawcards and Pouakai having the lions. So I don't think there's too much direct competition.
     
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    The Mark vette resuce zoo and Franklin zoo are in fact the same zoo it just changed hands and is now the Franklin zoo and yes they are a ARAZPA insitution it is a great little zoo perfect of a afternoon out all the staff are really friendly and answer all questions and something i reaaly enjoy is their wild encounter which occurs every day at 2pm which is a walk and talk about the lions, lemurs, otter, capuchin and spider monkeys. and a new thing they have now is a monkeying around encounter at 11am every day which is a walk and talk of all the primates ( 5 species in total)
     
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    Hi..Please dont forget us.. Pouakai Zoo New Plymouth.
    We have collection of primates, a lion pride, Meerkats, Exotic Birds and Reptiles plus many more animals...Thanks
     
  19. Chlidonias

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    don't worry, you're in there too. Its just the original list hasn't been updated with zoos I found out about later, but they're all listed in the thread.
    See post 34 above. Do you have a website?
     
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    Yes we have a new website Pouakai Zoo | NewPlymouth | Get up close with our animals.

    We also think that ZooChat is the best thing we have found on the internet...so well done to all who made it happen. I just wish we had internet earlier, we live 13km from the town centre and have only just received internet access from our local supplier.
    We are really trying to push our Zoo out there to everyone..and ZooChat is just an awesome way to do that as well as meet other exciting People and Zoos.
    Thanks
    Fiona @ Pouakai Zoo