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Zoos SA Announces New CEO

Zoos SA Announces New CEO

The Royal Zoological Society of South Australia (RZSSA) is pleased to announce that Elaine Bensted has joined the organisation in the role of Chief Executive Officer.

Save the Tripa Peat Swamps!

Save the Tripa Peat Swamps!

Recently, the world’s attention has been shone on northern Sumatra where conservation organisations are currently fighting to save the last remaining Sumatran Orangutans and the forest of the Tripa peat swamps, in the Aceh Province Indonesia. The Tripa forest once held the largest orangutan population density in the world but the critically endangered species is now facing local extinction. If you aren’t already aware of what is happening, the Tripa forest is being converted for large scale palm oil plantations. But the legality of this forest conversion is being contested in a high profile legal case as much of the forest clearing has been done illegally as has the burning of the land and the illegal establishment of huge drainage canals that will drain this unique and critically important wetland of its principal life force.

Monarto Celebrates Digger’s 1st Birthday

Monarto Celebrates Digger’s 1st Birthday

While ANZAC Day is celebrated across the country it bears a double significance at Monarto Zoo, marking the birth of its Southern White Rhinoceros, Digger, named in remembrance of this important day.

Born on April 25, 2011, weighing just 45 kilograms, Digger has grown dramatically over the past 12 months now tipping the scales at 720 kilos.

Zoos SA CEO Resigns

Zoos SA CEO Resigns

The Royal Zoological Society of South Australia (RZSSA) has today announced the resignation of CEO Chris West following his acceptance of the role as Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.


RZSSA President Kevin McGuinness said Dr West has led the organisation through a challenging chapter in its history following a period of significant growth and redevelopment.

'Switch-off' at Warrawong for Earth Hour

'Switch-off' at Warrawong for Earth Hour

As part of the 2012 Earth Hour celebration Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary will be ‘switching off’ by holding a candlelit dinner and nocturnal walk in support of the global movement.

The package offers Adelaide Hills residents a chance to participate in Earth Hour, which during the 2011 celebrations saw hundreds of millions of people worldwide switch off their lights for an hour.

White-cheeked Gibbon takes first swings at Adelaide Zoo

White-cheeked Gibbon takes first swings at Adelaide Zoo

Adelaide Zoo’s White-cheeked Gibbon baby, born September 14, 2011, has taken her first swings alone under the watchful eye of doting mother, Viet.

After spending the first few months of life clinging safely to mum the baby girl is now venturing out to explore her treetop home.

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Page Last Updated October 15, 2012, 11:27 am