Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Zoo Needs Help To Satisfy Jumbo Appetites

Zoo Needs Help To Satisfy Jumbo Appetites

Auckland Zoo is seeking public support to help it satisfy the appetites of its elephants Kashin and Burma, who would love to get their teeth into more bamboo, sugar cane, banana palm and willow plants.

The two female elephants, who weigh in at 3.2 tonne and 3 tonne respectively, each grind their way through approximately 100kg of fresh browse a day, but the zoo’s supplies are currently a little low.

“Our girls love these fresh and leafy plants, as long as they have not been sprayed. If people do have bamboo, sugar cane, banana palm or willow that they would be happy to cut and deliver to the zoo, we would love to hear from them,” says Auckland Zoo elephant section team leader, Andrew Coers.

“It’s a great way to save money, and at the same time make two elephants very happy. Once eaten, the broken down browse also goes back to help the environment – as elephant poo is one of the key ingredients in ZooDoo fertiliser, processed on site here at the zoo.”

People who are keen to help should phone 09 360 3800 during office hours only (Monday – Friday, 8.30am to 5pm, excluding public holidays). The browse does need to be freshly cut, and the zoo requires people to ring prior to cutting and dropping off, to check that it is required on the day they phone. Elephant keeping staff stress that if your call is not returned within a day, it is likely that the zoo has enough browse for the time being.

“It’s quite difficult for us to gauge the response we will get, so we really thank people in advance for their patience with this, and for taking the time and effort to help us out,” says Mr Coers.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election