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Posts for July 2011

A Beautiful Day for a Party!

Monday, July 25, 2011 12:11pm
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What a beautiful day for a party!! Kluet and Karta were spoilt rotten on Saturday, when their keepers threw them a big party in celebration of Kluet's 16th and Karta's 29th birthday.

A large crowd of excited zoo visitors sang "Happy Birthday" to the lucky pair as they tucked into their many birthday presents

Posted by Zoos SA at 12:11pm | 2 Comments

Flying Foxes in Botanic Park

Friday, July 15, 2011 11:03am
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As you may be aware, we have a small colony of the Grey Headed Flying Fox (GHFF) roosting in Aleppo Pines in Botanic Park . This is the same colony that originally set up shop and bred in the Botanic Gardens last year .

Posted by Zoos SA at 11:03am | 0 Comments

Baby Bison

Friday, July 15, 2011 9:21am
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In mid-2010, all 5 female Bison at Monarto Zoo were introduced to our breeding bull in the off limits area. They were then put back onto exhibit at the end of the year, making August the latest due date for possible calves.

On Tuesday 5th July, Monarto had its first much anticipated Bison calf birth. It was noted that a female was off on her own in the early morning and at 1.30pm the Visitor Centre called with a report from the bus driver that the suspected female was in labour.

Posted by Zoos SA at 9:21am | 1 Comment

It’s Party Time!

Thursday, July 14, 2011 12:36pm
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Kluet and Karta, our beautiful Sumatran Orangutans, both have a birthday coming up next week and it’s time to celebrate!

We have some nice surprises in store for them with 3 days of festivity. Kluet is having his birthday first and he will be turning 16 this coming Monday, 18th July. Karta has her birthday a few days later on Friday 22nd July and she will be turning 29 years old.

Posted by Zoos SA at 12:36pm | 4 Comments

Cuddling a Rhino

Friday, July 08, 2011 2:34pm
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Since our last blog things have been going along nicely. Uhura, Umqali and Digger have been residing in the Contact Boma most days which suits Digger just fine. They have had the odd day off to allow our bull, Ibutho, the chance to run around and stretch his legs. He has taken a real shine to his ‘aunty’ Uhura who is now the best play toy ever. Digger calls out to Uhura every time they are separated but as soon as we put them back in together poor Uhura is bombarded with head butts, mock charges and horn fighting.

Posted by Zoos SA at 2:34pm | 2 Comments

It's a Girl!

Wednesday, July 06, 2011 4:42pm
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Our little lion cub is 9 weeks old already! I weighed her mum, Kiamba, this morning then managed to coax the cub onto the scales with mum for the first time too – a healthy 6.5kg. She is showing a keen interest in her mum’s food, and Kiamba is slowly learning to share. While she is definitely still drinking mum’s milk to increase her strength and immunity, she has very sharp teeth to steal small bites off the 4kg pieces of meat we feed Kiamba daily.

Posted by Zoos SA at 4:42pm | 4 Comments

Final Chance to Make a Difference

Friday, July 01, 2011 9:48am
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As you may have seen recently, the Bill to make labeling for palm oil a mandatory requirement on food, cosmetics and palm oil was passed in the House of Senate on Thursday 23rd June 2011.

Now it has one more step to go on Monday 4th July, when it goes through the House of Representatives. If it successfully goes through there then it will become law.

Posted by Zoos SA at 9:48am | 1 Comment

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