Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Behavioural Development for Zoo Wild Dogs

16 February 2005

Behavioural Development for Zoo Wild Dogs

Seven African Wild Dogs are about to experience a new form of play when they have access to their recently enhanced enclosure at Wellington Zoo this Thursday at 10:30am following the installation of a water feature in the enclosure.

Designed by Wellington Zoo Horticultural team, Tony Kelly and Topi Wirihana, the water feature resembles a naturalistic pond that the dogs are likely to use for playing and cooling off.

“The topography of the land meant that constructing the feature was quite a difficult job. That area of the enclosure is solid rock, so we had to hand dig a hole with pick axes and shovels, then it took us a week to construct the actual feature”.

Zoo Keeper, Dave French says “water is something the dogs enjoying splashing around in and it’s good enrichment for them”.

African Wild Dogs are olfactory animals, meaning they have a keen sense of smell. The recently extended enclosure (encompassing the new pond) means that the dogs now have the opportunity to develop their exploratory behaviour.

“We will alternate the dogs between the two sides of their enclosure to allow new smells to develop for the dogs to explore” comments Dave.

The Zoo’s seven wild dogs are part of an international breeding programme where the Zoo has been successful in rearing three pups from their dogs.

Dave says “The group is interacting well; at this stage we have two dominant adults, two subordinate adults and the pups – who are almost fully grown”.

Members of the Zoo Kids Club have also aided the wild dogs by developing dens in the enclosure that can be used as shelter from the sun.

Kids Club leader, Jo Turton says “Kids like to be involved in the Zoo; one of the areas the Kids Club has helped in has been developing dens for the dogs by placing mesh along the bottom of the dens and leaves over the top as protection from the sun”.

ENDS

© 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


Reaction

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>>

ALSO:


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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election