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Happy World Rhino Day – a great time to visit and see our boys!🦏
At the zoo we have two Southern white rhinoceros – Zambezi and his son Inkosi, who we hope will be joined by female rhino Jamila from @hamiltonzoo soon!
Auckland Zoo directly contributes to the conservation of rhino through our partnership with Lowveld Rhino Trust in Zimbabwe who work to protect rhino from active poaching threats.
This is only made possible by your zoo visits and donations!
If you’d like to help us continue our #WildWork with rhino, visit our zoo today or add a donation at 👍

Our Vet Hospital team are currently treating an injured New Zealand fur seal that was found washed up on Piha beach.
A concerned member of the public spotted the seal and called our friends and partners @docgovtnz after noticing it was exhausted with a piece of fishing twine wrapped around its neck.
This is a vital reminder this #ConservationWeek (and always!), to clean up any rubbish you see on Aotearoa’s beautiful beaches and in waterways – especially pieces of netting, twine and plastic.
@sevensharptvnz reporter Lucas de Jong visited our Auckland Zoo Vet Hospital to speak with zoo vet Lydia about the seals progress. Its still early days for this seal but we will keep you updated.
If you find a New Zealand fur seal on the beach and think it may be in trouble, it’s important not to disturb it, but call the DOC Hotline on 0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468) to report it.

#ConservationWeek is calling – and asking if you’ll help native species in your backyard! 🦗
Our friend Wiremu Wētā is having a bit of a housing crisis, he and his wētā brothers and sisters need a safe space to hide from invasive pests like rats.
Did you know you can create a whare for wētā in your home garden and help giant wētā to survive?
Special claymation critters like Wiremu were created by our conservation partners @docgovtnz to shine a light on New Zealand’s unique species.
Find out how you can create a wētā hotel in your home garden, and meet other critters in need on the DOC website.
Auckland Zoo is involved in an intensive breed and release programme to save Aoteroa’s threatened wētāpunga – and so far we’ve released over 4500 to predator free islands in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf. Ka pai!

We’re heading into kiwi season - with our first Operation Nest Egg (ONE) chick hatching just last week! ☺️
Did you know? Without the help of Auckland Zoo and our friends @dovgovtnz, @kiwisforkiwi kiwi and Thames Coast Kiwi Care only 5% of kiwi in the wild will live to breeding age?! This is because of introduced predators like rats and stoats eating their fill of kiwi eggs and attacking vulnerable chicks in their burrows.
Once kiwi have reached a certain age and weight, they are better equipped to fight off these predators, and will return home to the beautiful Coromandel.
A big thank you to our friends @tiptopnz for giving us a helping hand, and stay tuned for more kiwi news for #SaveKiwiMonth (October)!

We’re championing some of our Wild Work community heroes this #ConservationWeek! 🦆
Nature lovers and @wscollege students (making them our neighbours!) Emma and Mele are spreading a message to save our native wildlife by asking the public to please stop feeding the birds in Western Springs Park.
Sadly, many people are not aware that bird bodies are not designed to consume breads, cereals or any highly processed foods – and feeding them this can result in poor nutrition, avian botulism and death.
Emma and Mele decided to take action after a kōrero (talk) with Auckland Zoo educator Hōhepa where they learnt about Kaitiakitanga (guardianship) of the environment and Manaakitanga (the process of showing respect and care for others).
Ka pai girls! Click the link in our bio to read Emma and Mele’s blog. 🧡

We’re pleased to hear our Vet Hospital patient Kōmaru has returned home to Whenua Hou! 😊🌿
We’ve been told by our friends at @docgovtnz Kākāpō Recovery that he’s looking great after his treatment at our zoo for cloacitis (crusty bum).
Our vet team work closely with Kākāpō Recovery to look after New Zealand’s total population of 148 kākāpō that reside on three offshore islands Whenua Hou (Codfish Island), Anchor Island and Hauturu o Toi (Little Barrier Island).
Research into the causes of cloacitis is ongoing and our New Zealand Centre for Conservation Medicine (NZCCM) is at the forefront of this conservation science. You can learn more about our kākāpō research at
📷 Credit: Rhuaridh Hannan
(Senior ranger Jodie and supervisor Karen check Kōmaru's transmitter before release.)

Conservation Week is calling…to say Aotearoa’s wildlife needs our help! 💚
Meet our friend Tina Tuna and her mokopuna – these special claymation critters were created by our conservation partners and friends @docgovtnz to shine a light on New Zealand’s unique species.
Aotearoa has two types of native tuna (Māori word for eels) the longfin and shortfin eel, that are both considered at risk and declining.
Over-fishing, pollution, and habitat loss are having a big impact on the size and numbers of eels in our river systems.
Visit our longfin tuna at our 2.30pm keeper talk today! We have extra keeper talks this Conservation Week in Te Wao Nui, our slice of Aotearoa heaven.
Find out how you can help Tina’s whānau and meet other critters in need on docs website.

Isn’t this a great sight – lizards hanging out on a tree where before there was only a rat seen. 🦎👍
This camera trap was taken at the same site at Malololelei as our previous post and shows how native wildlife can safely inhabit an area once invasive pests are removed.
Thank you for following along with me today, stay tuned every second Tuesday as more of our zoo crew take over the zoo’s social media accounts!
You can read more about Urban Ark and the work we do in our community at including watching our video series in Samoa.
Make sure to visit this Conservation Week - each time you visit our zoo a portion of your ticket goes towards supporting our Wild Work - how great is that?!
#TakeoverTuesday – Pest Management Coordinator, Siân

We’ve spotted a rodent in Malololelei reserve! 🐀
This camera trap has caught footage of an adult male ship rat, and as we know from our work in New Zealand, rats are so detrimental to native species.
Rats will raid bird’s nests to eat both the eggs and the chicks and also have a huge impact on native reptiles.
Their presence will inhibit other species from flourishing and you can end up with a situation where there are plenty of rats in an area but next to no other wildlife present.
At the bait stations here in Samoa, invasive African land snails pose a problem as they love to hole up inside and slowly eat the bait that’s meant for rodents! This makes it extra important that the bait stations are monitored frequently and bait is replaced if needed.
#TakeoverTuesday – Pest Management Coordinator, Siân

Follow our tutorial as Pest Management Coordinator Sian shows you how a Good Nature humane trap works!
As the welfare of all animals is important to us, we only use and recommend traps that have been tested and certified humane when taking care of invasive pests.
The Good Nature A24 trap shown here comes with a tree mount, making it very easy to install to a trunk or wooden post in your backyard.
Powered by a gas canister, each canister will last for 6 months or for 24 kills, whichever is first – and each unit has a digital counter, so you can see how many rats or stoats have been humanely killed.
#TakeoverTuesday – Pest Management Coordinator, Siân

Help Aotearoa’s species to thrive by getting involved in backyard trapping!
Our native wildlife don’t stand a chance unless we minimise the threat of invasive species like rats, possums and stoats – all of which feed on vulnerable chicks and eggs. All of Aotearoa’s native species evolved without mammalian predators, and their introduction by humans has wreaked havoc on the ecosystem.
It’s important to us that we use the most humane methods possible when taking care of invasive pests and this is why we recommend only using the following traps for rats - the DOC 200, Good Nature resetting A24 or Victor traps set in a snap trap tunnel. For possums we’d recommend the Good Nature A12 or the Trapinator!
You can watch the full tutorial on our Facebook page! Stay tuned for our second tutorial as we show you how to use the Good Nature A24.
#TakeoverTuesday – Pest Management Coordinator, Siân

Can you and your whānau become pest detectives in your backyard or local park!
Here I’m showing Piula from @samoagovt Department of Environment and Conservation how to set up chew cards correctly, so that we can get a good indication of predator activity in Malololelei reserve.⠀
This is something you could easily do at home! Carefully bend a piece of weather-resistant corflute, smother one end with delicious peanut butter and nail it to a tree at a rodent accessible height – you can then analyse the teeth marks left behind to find out if it’s a good area to set up a bait station.⠀
Thank you PelGar International Ltd for supplying all of the rodenticide and bait stations for this conservation work in Samoa.⠀
Stay tuned as I show you how to set up your own backyard trap! 🐀
#TakeoverTuesday – Pest Management Coordinator, Siân

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