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Cool cats rule Auckland Zoo these school holidays

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22 March 2006

Cool cats rule Auckland Zoo these school holidays!

Race to Auckland Zoo these Easter school holidays (Friday 14 - Tuesday 25 April) and catch up with all our cool cats - the new cheetah boys, servals, lions, tiger and more. Brought to you by Newstalk ZB, the fur will fly if you miss out!

The newest cats to spot at the zoo are ten-month-old cheetah males, Anubis and Osiris. Arriving from South Africa in mid-April, they are the first cheetah to be exhibited at the zoo in its 84-year history. The fastest land mammal on the planet, and Africa's most endangered cat, they will be helping us spread the word about their plight. These brothers will need some serious cat-napping for their first few days, to get over their jet lag, and settle into their new home. But following this quiet time, visitors will soon be able to see these magnificent felines in the flesh.

Be a cool cat yourself, and come learn more about these fascinating felines. Unfortunately, not all cats have nine lives. Find out why the endangered cheetah, tiger, golden cats and others are at risk, and need everyone's help to ensure they have a future.

Throughout the holidays, a fun interactive show, Puss'n Boots and the Whiskers of Fortune, will run three times daily at the band rotunda. Hosted by Puss 'n Boots, the cat with the 'purr-fect persona', it is the craziest game show in town designed to keep the whole family guessing.

Some great giveaways will be on offer, including a set of cool new collectable My Zoo cards. Featuring all your favourite zoo animals and keepers, there will be six new My Zoo cards to collect each school holidays until the end of the year.

All the best-dressed cats wear tails, so we will also be selling a fun, furry tiger-tail variety in support of the zoo's 'Tiger Time' campaign. Fundraising will go towards covering the $1m needed to transport and house a new mate for Nisha, the zoo's Sumatran tiger. This is a 'Critically Endangered' cat species, which numbers fewer than 550 worldwide.

Normal admission prices apply. For more information, please go to: www.aucklandzoo.co.nz or phone the zoo Infoline on (09) 360 3819.

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