- A rare Malaysian Sun Bear, Madu, born at the Wellington Zoo died during surgery on a
broken tooth. Madu was one of twins born at Wellington two years ago and was to be sent
to Australia to participate in the Captive Breeding Program there. An autopsy discovered that he
had a hole in his heart. His twin, Arataki will travel to Australia instead.
- Wellington Zoo, in New Zealand, anounced the birth of a female giraffe, Giraffa camelopardalis, on September the.
The first time parents are Riki and Tiza. The zoo are looking for a name for her and apparently she will be moved to
Hamilton Zoo before she is a year old
- A tragic death by poisoning of a rare sumatran tiger
has robbed Wellington Zoo of its breeding male. Jambi was fed beef laced with an
euthanasia drug and fell into a coma, dying four days later on 1 Nov 2001. Jambi had
been born at Taronga zoo and had sired six cubs, one of whom, Malu is a mother
of three.(Tiger Family Tree)
The death of this tiger has left Wellington zoo without a breeding pair, their
two remaining tigers being mother and son. The female tiger, Cantik and a lioness,
Manta also ate the poisoned food but were saved from death.
- A young Red Panda born at Wellington Zoo in New Zealand will shortly be arriving at a new home
somewhere in Australia.
- Wellington Zoo has three new arrivals. The first is the birth of a
hamadryas baboon to mother
Grit. This birth brings the number of animals in the troop to sixteen.
The other new arrivals are a pair of
Oriental small clawed otters, Te'eak a five
year old male, and Jaya an eight year old female. The pair have arrived from Auckland
Zoo and Wellington zoo hopes to breed from them. As yet the male is a little too young
and shows no interest in Jayas' overtures.
- Wellington Zoo has just received three female lions from Auckland Zoo. The cubs, born last
year will begin a new pride for the zoo.
- Cairo, the zoos famous camel, (famous for being so friendly) passed away. Cairo was suffering from sever arthritus in his kegs which staff were unable to treat.