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

 

Auckland Zoo’s work recognised with Canon Grant

Auckland Zoo’s work recognised with Canon Grant

Auckland Zoo’s New Zealand Centre for Conservation Medicine (NZCCM) has been awarded Canon New Zealand’s annual environmental grant – the first zoo-based facility to receive the grant.

The NZCCM was judged by Canon New Zealand to be the most worthy recipient for 2007 over a field of nearly 60 other applicants. The first national centre for conservation medicine in the world, the NZCCM receives $15,000 worth of specialised equipment to enable it to further its work in wildlife health, research, diagnostic work, and teaching.

“We received many worthy applications, however the NZCCM stood out for the crucial role it plays in protecting our native wildlife species, and allowing the public a better understanding of our environment,” says Canon New Zealand managing director, Craig Manson.

The centre has selected a mix of camera, video and multimedia data projector equipment. The professional video camera will assist many projects, including non-invasive monitoring of animals in low-light environments, such as kiwis. A high-quality SLR camera will be used for fieldwork research assignments, such as the current gannet colony research NZCCM vets are carrying out at Muriwai. In addition, a G9 compact digital camera will provide the team with an all-purpose camera, and is one that can also be linked with the centre’s microscope to photograph the likes of histology and cytology slides.

“Our vets really do need quality photographic equipment to obtain the level of detail required for diagnosis and research. This is particularly important when dealing with animals like our tiny native Archey’s frog (just 37mm long), and attempting to photograph such things as blisters and injured eyes. Such quality images are invaluable, and we can then share them, and our findings, online with other international amphibian experts. So this grant, in the form of technology equipment, is a perfect fit,” says NZCCM manager, Craig Pritchard.

“We’re thrilled to have been chosen for the grant, and see it as a real affirmation of the NZCCM team, and the world-class work they are achieving We’re also delighted to be aligned with Canon, a highly respected company that leads by example, and is committed to environmental protection,” says Mr Pritchard.

As well as serving the zoo’s animals, the NZCCM focuses on wildlife health, research and diagnostic work, and plays a key role in biosecurity and native species conservation. It is located onsite at the zoo and has a public viewing gallery that is open during zoo hours. In addition to interactive displays, floor to ceiling windows enable visitors to view vet staff at work in the centre’s laboratory, treatment room, and operating theatre.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On National Being Shafted By Its Own Creation

As it licks its wounds, let’s hope the National Party can still find time to look back with some pride at what it has achieved in Epsom. The Act Party’s nationwide success on Saturday night has been a tribute to National’s foresight, and to its ability to pick winners. Others would have looked at the dying remnants of the old Act Party and written it off. Yet National needed an MMP partner and it saw the potential where no-one else did. And so it re-grew the Act Party in a petri dish in Epsom, and carefully nurtured it back to life... More>>

 

Green Party: 'Fruitful Discussions ... Further Discussions To Have'

The Green Party says there is a negotiation going on with the Labour Party, but there are more discussions to be had. More>>

ALSO:


Border: No Changes To Border Exemptions After Fishing Crew Test Covid-19 Positive

The cases were detected after routine day three testing but the immigration minister and air commodore agree there's no need to change border exemptions. More>>

PSA: Labour-Led Government Has Mandate For Transformation, Equality And Transparency

The Public Service Association welcomes the progressive electoral landslide New Zealand voters delivered on Saturday, and the union says its members look forward to implementing policies that reduce poverty and inequality, support affordable housing ... More>>

ALSO:

Poll: Labour On 46%, National 31%, While Greens And ACT Both On 8%

Tonight's political poll puts Labour on 46 percent and National on 31 percent with just one day remaining until election day. More>>

ALSO:


Stats NZ: New Report Shows Significant Changes To New Zealand’s Climate

Climate change is already happening in New Zealand and could have a profound impact on future generations of New Zealanders, a new report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ says. Our atmosphere and climate 2020 , released today, includes analysis ... More>>

ALSO:

Judith Collins: Obese People Must Take Responsibility For 'personal Choices'

National Party leader Judith Collins has described obesity as a weakness and says people should not 'blame systems for personal choices'. More>>

Māori Party: Poll Reveals Tamihere On Cusp Of Historic Māori Movement Election Victory

John Tamihere’s election campaign is on the rise and on track to return the Māori Party to parliament, a new Māori TV poll has revealed. The poll released on 11 October during the seventh and final Māori TV Maori Electoral campaign coverage has Tamihere ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Four-Year Terms Of Parliament, And On How The US Courts Are Dismantling Democracy

Last week, the issue of four-year parliamentary terms surfaced again. Infuriatingly, it is being discussed purely in terms of its convenience for political parties. They’d get so much more time to enact their policies, free of scrutiny or sanction by voters ... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels