Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search


Madagascan day geckos recovered after Zoo theft

Madagascan day geckos recovered after Zoo theft

24 OCTOBER 2008

For Immediate Release

Hamilton Zoo is delighted at the recovery of two Madagascan day geckos that were stolen from the facility last Friday night [17 October].

Thieves cut through three sets of chained and padlocked doors to gain access to the Zoo’s reptile house, before removing the Madagascan day geckos, along with a pair of bearded dragons. The bearded dragons have not yet been recovered.

Hamilton Zoo director Stephen Standley was contacted by MAF representatives on Wednesday morning informing him that the Madagascan day geckos had been located, however at that time there were some concerns over the condition of the reptiles.

Mr Standley said the Madagascan day geckos now appear to have made a full recovery and Zoo staff are thrilled to see them return home safely.

"They are now back in their enclosure and look in good condition. We reopened the reptile house this morning once they had the chance to settle back in. We are still hopeful that the bearded dragons will be recovered as well," he said.

The reptile enclosure has been secured following the break-in and further changes are planned for the building to increase security.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Water: Farming Leaders Pledge To Help Make Rivers Swimmable

In a first for the country, farming leaders have pledged to work together to help make New Zealand’s rivers swimmable for future generations. More>>


Unintended Consequences: Liquor Change For Grocery Stores On Tobacco Tax

Changes in the law made to enable grocery stores to continue holding liquor licences to sell alcohol despite increases in tobacco taxes will take effect on 15 September 2017. More>>

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>


By May 2018: Wider, Earlier Microbead Ban

The sale and manufacture of wash-off products containing plastic microbeads will be banned in New Zealand earlier than previously expected, Associate Environment Minister Scott Simpson announced today. More>>


Snail-ier Mail: NZ Post To Ditch FastPost

New Zealand Post customers will see a change to how they can send priority mail from 1 January 2018. The FastPost service will no longer be available from this date. More>>


Property Institute: English Backs Of Debt To Income Plan

Property Institute of New Zealand Chief Executive Ashley Church is applauding today’s decision, by Prime Minister Bill English, to take Debt-to-income ratios off the table as a tool available to the Reserve Bank. More>>