All the zoos I visited during my trip down under in March 2016 are published now. Meaning that I’ve added Wellington Zoo and Auckland Zoo to the listing.
I’ve learnt that Wellington Zoo had Tasmanian tigers or Thylacine on display in the 1920s. A species that was officially declared extinct by international standards in 1986, while the last died in Hobart Zoo, Tasmania, in 1936. Nonetheless recent research shows that probably the Tasmanian tiger was not hunted into extinction, but due to low genetic diversity was not fit to survive in the longer term anyway.
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After a short bus ride from downtown Wellington I arrive at the Wellington Zoo in Newtown, the suburb that is located in the hills Wellington is built on. Together with neighbouring Newtown Park the Zoo is part of a green belt that runs over these hills at this side of town. It has been sixteen years since my previous visit to Wellington Zoo and I expect to see a lot of changes, although I doubt if my recollection of that visit is spot on. Anyway, the Asian small-clawed otter enclosure and the gibbon island directly after the entrance are exactly how I remember them. More information here.
After a refreshing morning rain I arrive at Auckland Zoo when the sky is clearing and the temperature reaches a nice 25°C. The passageway to the impressively large Africa Pridelands area is closed due to ongoing construction work, so I go left and hope to see the giraffe, zebra and ostrich later during my visit. The first enclosure houses Asian small-clawed otter in a multilevel rocky environment with a creek that forms small ponds on various levels. The smallest of the otter subfamily just had fish heads for their early lunch. More information here.