Getting even closer to native reptiles, birds and mammals – Stage Two of Foodland Children’s Zoo opens at Adelaide Zoo

Getting even closer to native reptiles, birds and mammals – Stage Two of Foodland Children’s Zoo opens at Adelaide Zoo “Children and their parents can now have the wonderful experience of meeting and handling a range of rare and common, native reptile, bird and mammal species with the long-awaited opening of Stage Two of the Foodland Children’s Zoo at Adelaide Zoo”, Mr Ed McAlister, CEO of Adelaide Zoo said recently.

Stage One of the development focused on an Australian Farmyard theme with domesticated animals. It was opened eighteen months ago and has proved to be extremely successful.

Stage Two immerses visitors into the Australian Bush complete with frog billabong, reptile sheds, a “hide and seek” discovery area, bush shelters and a new “fauna” park.

“With an emphasis on fun, this brand new walk-through exhibit provides a stimulating recreational and educational experience for young and old”, Mr McAlister said.

Stage Two of the Foodland Children’s Zoo was opened by the Hon Iain Evans, Minister for Environment and Heritage: Thursday, 21 December “The Children’s Zoo is a very popular part of the Zoo. The upgrading has been made possible thanks to the provision of substantial funding and support from Foodland”, Mr McAlister said.

Exciting news – one of our most important events! Malayan tapir baby born at Adelaide Zoo!

“The birth of the first Malayan tapir baby at Adelaide Zoo is an extremely important event and is the first “keystone” birth to take place in the McDonald’s South East Asian Rainforest since its opening in December 1995″ Mr Mark Craig, Acting CEO of Adelaide Zoo said today.

Four-year-old Malayan tapir, Mia, who arrived at Adelaide Zoo in May 1998, from the USA, has given birth to a strikingly beautiful, healthy, ten kilogram female baby.

It will be remembered that Mia underwent an ultrasound examination, which proved to be positive, in February this year.

“This birth is the culmination of a captive breeding program which began five years ago with the arrival of our male, “Sulong”, from Singapore Zoo”, Mr Craig said.

“The birth of a Malayan tapir, the first at Adelaide Zoo and only the second ever in Australia, brings Adelaide Zoo closer to further fulfilling its important role in the conservation of threatened species, Mr Craig, said.

Malayan tapirs are internationally classified as “vulnerable” which means that if current threats to the wild population continue, they could become extinct in the medium-term future.

“This birth is particularly pleasing and continues the establishment of, what still is, Adelaide Zoo’s major exhibit – McDonald’s South East Asian Rainforest. Particular thanks must go to McDonald’s South Australia for their long-term and continued commitment to this project”, Mr Craig said.

Pusung the new, male, Orang-utan arrives at Adelaide Zoo

pusungOrang-utans are smart. The stories told about George and Puntjak, Adelaide Zoo’s previous two male orangs are legendary.

On Wednesday – 11/10/00, the next chapter of the story was written with the arrival, from Singapore Zoo, of Pusung, Adelaide Zoo’s new male orang-utan.

Pusung arrived at Adelaide Zoo from Adelaide International Airport by Zoo vehicle, accompanied by a Singapore Zoo-keeper.

He was taken behind the scenes in the Great Ape secure area and released into his lock-away.

Pusung was born in 1978 at Perth Zoo and was transferred to Singapore Zoo in 1989.

He has returned to Australia to provide Adelaide Zoo with an opportunity to continue its orang-utan breeding program.

“Pusung is already proving to be an extremely valuable addition to Adelaide Zoo”, Mr Mark Craig, Acting CEO said.

Exciting times at Adelaide Zoo – a new tiger arrival

tiger”Adelaide Zoo increased its number of charismatic animals by one, with the arrival of a new Sumatran tiger”, Mr Mark Craig, the Zoo’s Manager of Life Sciences said.

The male Sumatran tiger was the first to arrive at Adelaide Zoo since a female, “Kemiri”, arrived 5 years ago. “The tiger was transported, by road, by keepers from Western Plains Zoo and arrived mid-afternoon, 30 August”, Mr Craig said.

Adelaide Zoo re-landscaped an enclosure for the new tiger’s arrival. The animal was introduced to the new exhibit and will form part of Adelaide Zoo’s education program.

“This event is particularly exciting for the Zoo due to the endangered status of the Sumatran tiger – a species with less than 400 remaining in the wild”, Mr Craig said.

A third tiger is expected from Berlin Zoo in 2001, as part of a breeding program.