Tuesday, 21 October 2008, 2:54 pm Press Release: Hamilton Zoo
Reptiles stolen from Hamilton Zoo
20 OCTOBER 2008
The Hamilton Zoo reptile house
was broken into last Friday night [17 October] at some stage
between 5.30pm and 8am the following morning.
through three sets of chained and padlocked doors to gain
access and removed a pair of bearded dragons and a pair of
Madagascan day geckos.
MAF were immediately advised as
the Madagascan day geckos are listed on the MAFBNZ
containment list for Zoo species. This means it is illegal
for any person to house or purchase this animal outside of a
Police attended the scene and are continuing
investigations. Port and customs have also been
Zoo director Stephen Standley says that the
break-in is a terrible blow to the Zoo.
"We are all just
devastated. But it is Kara Goddard, our reptile keeper who
has just put so much time and effort into upgrading the
reptile exhibits who is most affected.
Madagascan day geckos are listed on the MAFBNZ containment
list, they are not available to the general public as pets.
Anyone being offered this species should immediately report
it to the police."
The reptile enclosure has been secured
following the break-in and further changes are planned for
the building to increase the security.
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