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JCPZ remains committed to creating opportunities for Joburg youth


01 November 2018


Release: Immediate


Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ), through a programme championed by the City of Johannesburg and in agreement with the ‘EOH Youth Job Creation Initiative’, has welcomed a total of 10 graduates into its organisation.


The interns, who hail from various tertiary institutions, have been strategically assigned to JCPZ departments, where each will be exposed to day-to-day activities in the work place, be afforded opportunities to gain hands-on experience from their respective mentors. They will also get carefully guided developmental assignments - ranging from report writing, administrative work, customer care and the conceptualization of tasks from inception to completion.


On Tuesday, Statics South Africa released the Quarterly Labour Force Survey for the 3rd Quarter of 2018. According to the survey, the national expanded unemployment rate grew to 37, 3%. This means, 9, 785 million South Africans are without employment countrywide.


The survey confirms the increasingly challenging economic environment faced by South Africans and is a reminder of the work which needs to be done in order to turn the economy around and move the country out of recession.


Although the City is not immune to the effects of the prevailing economic conditions, JCPZ’s Business Enterprise Development (BED) and Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) departments continue to fulfill their mandate to create short-term jobs for unemployed youth within local communities.


The implementation of labor-intensive methods enables SMME’s and cooperatives the opportunity to grow and development technically, gain business and financial acumen and managerial skills. The company’s enterprise development unit appointed 19 start-up business for 36 months in May 2017.


These efforts go further than only employing people in short-term, labour-intensive projects. Through its apprenticeship programme, City Parks and Zoo has over time, built a base of local entrepreneurs, who eventually become contractors to the company.


As City Parks and Zoo, we have heeded the call to play our role in preparing the youth to be work ready and in the interim, capacitating them with the necessary skills and confidence in their search of permanent employment,” stated Cllr Nonhlanhla Sifumba, MMC for Community Development.


Interested graduates may visit www.talentplacement.com which will take them directly to the ProservSA portal to create and upload their CV’s or alternatively follow ProservSA on Facebook with updates of available programmes.


This is just one of the ways the multi-party coalition government is ensuring that more and more of our residents have access to opportunities as well as the dignity which comes with work.


Issued by:
MMC Nonhlanhla Sifumba
Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development
City of Johannesburg For information or media enquiries, please contact:

Noeleen Mattera
Stakeholder, PR & Media Relations
Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo
Cell: 079 994 6345
Tel: 011 712 6722
E: nmattera@jhbcityparks.com
Follow us on Twitter @JoburgParksZoo or on
Facebook

Or

Ms Karabo Tledima
Stakeholder Manager
Office of the MMC for Community Development
Cell: 061 794 3819
Tel: 011 407 7208

Karabot@joburg.org.za







The annual Howl’oween Picnic took place on Saturday, 27 October.


The programme included a Haunted Forest, a Fairy Garden, a cemetery, a Ghost House, a photo booth, story telling around a bonfire, two scary movies courtesy of our partner Nickelodeon, a variety of “scary activities”, a vampire snake pit, giant puppets, mime artists, stilt walkers, characters dressed in Halloween costumes and lots of activities for children.













Thanks to everyone who came to join in the scary fun at the zoo. See you next year!






Media Statement


Thursday, 4 October 2018


For Immediate Release


Joburg Zoo is compassionate about animals…


They say love comes in all shapes and sizes, some furry, others prickly and even slimy but the most lasting and loyal friendships must be the inseparable love bond between humans and animals.


Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ), the custodians of nature conservation and greening in the City of Joburg, continue to go the extra mile in contributing to the conservation of some of the rarest animal species.


In recognition of the annual World Animal day on 4 October, a global call to action for the rights of animals, their welfare and place on earth, the Joburg Zoo has been in the forefront in its role in the preservation, conservation, education and research of animal species, specifically endangered.


The recent successful breeding programme which was championed by JCPZ, Emzemvelo KZN and the Endangered Wildlife Trust, released 200 of the rare Pickersgill’s reed frog, listed as Endangered on the IUCN status, into their natural habitat in KZN in September this year.


The importance of this year’s World Animal Day focuses on the preservation of endangered species. The Wattled Crane is the continent’s rarest of crane species and needs to be preserved.


The Wattled Crane is the largest of the cranes species. It is predominantly white including its wattles, hasash-grey wings, a striking black under carriage and tail, and is remarkably distinguishable by its famed red beak covered by bumps. It forages in mostly marshy areas, dining on aquatic insects or snails, tubers or on reeds – that is if you are fortunate enough to encounter a rare sighting of this magnificent bird, which is estimated to have a life expectancy of between 20 and 30 years in the wild.


Historically, Wattled Cranes were far more abundant and widely distributed throughout South Africa. Currently, a 38% decline over the last two decades has left the critically endangered population at a high risk of extinction in the wild.


A scarce 310 specimens remain in South Africa with the most significant population residing in isolated pockets in Kwa-Zulu Natal.
Wattled Cranes are already locally extinct in neighbouring countries such as Lesotho and Swaziland.


Dwindling numbers of the species remain threatened by the destruction of wetlands; rapid urbanisation and the illegal collection of their eggs. Typically, the close-knit breeding pair of Wattled Cranes produce one egg, and on the rare chance that a second egg is produced, the breeding pair will generally abandon the second egg once the first egg hatches.


The breeding programme by JCPZ includes collecting the abandoned eggs from the wild, and puppet-rearing the chicks after incubation. This is done to prevent human imprinting on the Wattled Cranes.


Costumed caretakers introduce the young cranes to life in the wild, and teach them to forage and to avoid threats from predators such as Jackals. Once the breeding flock produces a significant number of chicks, their offspring, along with any additional chicks produced from abandoned wild eggs, are reared and released into existing Wattled Crane flocks in an effort to bolster the population in the wild.


Since 2017, at least six (6) births were recorded in captivity by the Joburg Zoo.
“The wellbeing of animals the world over depends on the actions of human beings and it is our responsibility to live in harmony with other species.


A culture of caring and compassion from childhood to adulthood, will ensure that animals are protected and live a full life on earth”, stated Councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba, Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development in the City of Johannesburg.


World Animal Day gives all the opportunity to make animals part of their everyday living by ensuring animals have their rightful place in nature.


Issued by:
MMC Nonhlanhla Sifumba Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development
City of Joburg


For Media enquiries:
Noeleen Mattera
Stakeholder, PR & Media Relations
Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo
T: 011 712-6722
M:07999 46345
E: nmattera@jhbcityparks.com
Follow us on Twitter @JoburgParksZoo or on Facebook






From The Fundraiser’s Desk


Zookeeper extraordinaire - Cornelia


Cornelia Wolmarans , is the Mommy at the Farmyard. At the moment the “children “under her care are a sable antelope and a young jersey calf.



Cornelia has also helped other damaged little animals who have been hurt in accidents, like the mountain reed buck who limps around quite happily in the enclosure but who can’t be returned to the greater paddock. A careless zebra kicked him and shattered his leg. Cornelia waited eight years to finally work at the Zoo. Eventually she saw an advert in the paper to work at the zoo, took a chance and got the job. She has names for every single animal in the farmyard; the sheep, donkeys , horses, cows, chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, jersey cows and one potbellied pig.


Her wish list is biomel and teets of all shapes and sizes to feed her growing family and
KITCHEN EQUIPMENT

  • Wash Cloths
  • Dish cloths
  • Plastic Buckets
  • Dustbin for Kitchen
  • Table Spoons
  • Measuring Jugs
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Dish Rack


FARM YARD EQUIPMENT

  • Old Tractor to put on display at Farm Yard to teach kids
  • Old Farm Yard implements


HORSES

  • Enrichment Toys
  • Teff Nets
  • Slow Feeders
  • Halters
  • Leads
  • Grooming Equipment
  • Shampoo for Horses
  • Conditioner for Horses
  • Feed Containers ( Bowls )
  • Water Containers ( Bowls )
  • Buckets to Prepare Feed in
  • Hoof Oil
  • Fly Masks
  • Wooden Name signs with each Horse and Cow Name for the Stables


Sheep

  • Electric Shaver
  • Hoof Trimmers
  • Feeding Troughs Water troughs
  • Locks ( Medium and Large in Size )
  • Ear Tags Different colours


MISELANIOUS

  • Torches
  • Complete Toolbox
  • Need New Farm Yard Sign
  • Need New Enclosure Signs
  • Information Boards
  • Sand ( River or Play Sand )
  • Clip boards
  • First Aid Kit


HAND REARING

  • Baby Bottles all size
  • Baby Blanket All sizes
  • Milton
  • Microwave Oven
  • Microwave Baby Bottle Sterilizer
  • Baby Bottle brushes
  • Big Black Dustbins for cleaning enclosures
  • Fridge with Freezer Section
  • Washing Machine to wash baby and horse equipment


BIRDS

  • Artificial Nests
  • Plastic Leg Rings (All Sizes)
  • Enrichment Toys


BUILDING MATERIAL

  • Fixing of Windmill
  • Fixing of the Fountain
  • Wooden Planks
  • Corrugated Iron
  • Welded Mesh

OTHER

  • White Boards ( Small, Medium and Large )
  • Pin Up Board ( Small, Medium and Large )

COWS

  • • Halters
  • Leads
  • Grooming Equipment ( Brushes)
  • Buckets

SEED

  • Various crop seeds for different seasons etc Onions, tomatoes, carrots,cabbage,pumkin,beans,cauliflower, broccoli, spinach etc.

GARDEN EQUIPMENT

  • Hosepipes ( All Lengths the longer the better ).
  • Plastic Tap Connectors for Hosepipes
  • Shovels 10
  • Spades 10
  • Soft Brooms 10
  • Corn Brooms 10
  • Rakes ( Plastic ) 15
  • Pitch Forks 5

Please contact Ioanna on 011 646 2000 ext 2242 or e-mail Ioanna@jhbzoo.org.za.






From The Fundraiser’s Desk


Make a difference- why not?


What would you expect to find in a desk drawer? Staples? Pens?


When you open a drawer in Cherene Williams’ office you find a tiny serval fast asleep.


LEFT: Alex enjoying his mid- morning nap

RIGHT: Nap over, Cherene and Alex enjoying some playtime


Why? The serval is Alfie and Cherene, who has been a nurse at the Zoo’s animal hospital for eighteen years, has adopted him. “His mother had a caesarian and then refused to accept him.” He is now one year old and scurries around the office perfectly at home. This is not the first animal that Cherene has been mommy to by any means. To date she has fostered 28 lions and a striped hyena, who by the way, makes a lovely pet, she says.


“Ooh,” I hear you say, “I would love to adopt an animal.” You can. You can adopt any animal in the zoo, from a Siberian tiger to a crocodile. And the best part is that it doesn’t have to come home with you. What you do when you adopt, is contribute to that animal’s health and welfare.



Animals, like humans, don’t thrive when lonely. Being solitary with nothing to play with is unhealthy for any animal. That’s why the money you spend on adoption goes towards buying them safe toys, logs, hammocks; anything that will stave off boredom and unhappiness. This contributes to making its life longer and more pleasant. The prices range from R300. R550, R1 200, and R5000 to R10 000 so suit every pocket.



Spot the difference.


Individuals, corporations, families, classes and even schools can adopt an animal, and an adoption certificate from the zoo makes a wonderful birthday present for the person “who has everything.” Both parties benefit.
And after all, why not?


To adopt an animal call Ioanna on 011 6462000 ext.2242 Or email Ioanna@jhbzoo.org.za






A City of Johannesburg media statement by
MMC for Community Development, Councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba


The world needs Zoos – now more than ever


19 September 2018


Release: Immediate


“Now more than ever the world needs good zoos and aquariums”, stated the MMC for Community Development, Councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba.


With diminishing forests, unrelenting poaching, the threat of climate change and rising numbers of endangered and extinct species, facilities like the Joburg Zoo have become critical havens for animal conservation and public education.


Good zoos support field projects and work to protect the wild. Good zoos play a critical role in fighting extinction and act as sanctuaries for some injured animals due to poaching. Kinkel, the elephant who recently died was rescued in the wild after his trunk was caught in a snare in 2000. Similarly, Lammie the elephant, who is mourning the loss of Kinkel, is being closely monitored by her caregivers to ensure that the Joburg Zoo adopts a proper management plan that will give priority to her health and wellbeing. A 2010 study by International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), found that conservation breeding in zoos and aquariums played a role in the recovery of 28% of the species listed as threatened in the wild. Additionally, good zoos deal mainly with captive bred animals and only in dire circumstances house animals born in the wild – due to injury or approved conservation programmes.


Good zoos hold and breed critically endangered species. There are species that would already be extinct if not for the work of zoos and aquariums. Many frog species will only survive in captivity due to the chytrid fungus that is devastating wild populations. The recent successful release of over 200 Pickersgill Reed Frogs bred ex-situ at the Joburg Zoo and the award-winning Wattled Crane Recovery Program help balance our ecosystems and aid in the protection of the food chain.


Good zoos act as outdoor classrooms and nurture green conscientious behaviours. They aid in building civic ownership and pride. Indigent communities deprived of resources, who often have to travel long distances to experience the sheer wonder of animal life, can enjoy an affordable big five experience of their own, and this ensures that we care for our communities.


“Animal welfare is not the secondary motive of good zoos. It is an equal first to conservation and recovery of species in the wild. Good zoos go to every possible length to ensure the animals in their care have a full and high quality life. The increased life expectancy of animals at the Joburg Zoo is a good indicator of the commitment and care of the staff at the Zoo,” reinforced MMC Sifumba.


Johannesburg-born President of World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Dr Jenny Gray added that, “We cannot be the last generation to see elephants in the wild or hear the snorting of wild hippo or watch spell bound at the magnificence and untamed power of wild lions. We have a duty to a future, rich in wildlife for our children and all future generations, to protect our biodiversity through Zoo programmes.”


With species on the brink of extinction, the work of good zoos is becoming increasingly important. And that is why now, more than ever, it is time to support good zoos, like Johannesburg Zoo.


Issued by:
Councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development
City of Joburg


All media enquiries can be sent to:
Ms. Jenny Moodley
Spokesperson: Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo
T: 011 712-6600/082 8030 748
E: jmoodley@jhbcityparks.com
W: www.jhbcityparks.com






FROM THE FUNDRAISERS DESK

One of a kind




Ian, conserving this frog for the future

It’s a miracle.



That is if you believe that not only saving some very tiny frogs from extinction but also ensuring their continued existence is a miracle. I do.

The man who made the miracle possible is Ian du Plessis, Curator: Amphibians, Reptiles and Fish – and his team at the Johannesburg Zoo.

To begin at the beginning. Pickergill’s Reed Frogs, - such a big name for such a tiny frog - can be found only in some of coastal KwaZulu Natal. Because Pickergill’s frog is endangered and only lives in South Africa, Ian du Plessis, decided to attempt what has never been done on the African Continent and breed this species in captivity.

Together with Dr Adrian Armstrong of the Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Scientific Services, they conceived the Amphibian Rhesus Programme. “We wanted to create a sustainable population of these frogs away from their areas and then re-introduce them into the wild in controlled numbers according to genetics and gender and generations”, explains Ian.

“We are all set to go. In 2017 we collected 20 specimens of the frog species from each of two areas, making sure they were healthy and genetically diverse and testing them for parasites and fungi.”



Looking for your support

LEFT. Ian looking after his tiny charges



“We fine-tuned the breeding programme based on research done over ten years. We built a specially designed enclosure and promoted breeding with special food, protocol and methods,” he continues. “This is very exciting as it is brand new and has never been done before”.

The first generation frogs are now ready for the first ever natural release in September. They will be put into the same areas their parents had come from, making sure that they are in the same gender ratio as the originals.

They are breeding more and more frogs to that end, and at the same time, they are collecting all the data that are recorded. This has already allowed them to compile a “How To” manual on frog husbandry that will be published soon. Ian du Plessis is delighted with the success of his plan, especially as the Johannesburg Zoo is the first institution on the African Continent to release captive-bred amphibians back into their natural environment.

You might ask why these tiny amphibians are so important. Ian has his answer, “They maintain the balance of the ecology in the region. They help control certain diseases by eating mosquitoes and are a food source to other species”.

The Zoo is planning a huge Frog Trot to make money for this project. Please join in.

Hop to it!






MEDIA STATEMENT


WEDNESDAY, 5 September 2018


For Immediate Release


Kinkel the elephant dies


The Johannesburg Zoo is mourning the passing of Kinkel, a 35 year old male elephant who died yesterday morning. The cause of death is still unknown, suffice to say he started being ill on Monday and received medical treatment to the time of his death. The staff worked until late Monday night and he was supervised throughout the night by his keeper, Alice but yesterday morning sadly lost his battle.


Kinkel has been suffering from colic on and off for almost 10 years. Last year the colic attacks became more frequent with the worst episode being about 3 attacks in a week. However these did not last long, at most 5 minutes. The last colic attack was sometime in June this year and all along he has been well.


The Zoo managed his condition through veterinary care and by managing his diet. During the early days they increased the frequency he was offered food to twice a day. They increased the fibre component of the diet and limited the amount of fruits and highly fermentable foods, and only offered him oranges when he was having colic to increase bowel movements. The Zoo has diet sheets for each animal, which are reviewed on a regular basis especially in cases where animals have digestive problems.


The Zoo will conduct a post mortem today to determine the cause of death and the results may be available by the end of the day depending on the cause or may only be known after laboratory tests are done in a week or two. Kinkel shared an enclosure with a female elephant, Lammie, who turned 39 in August, this year. She has not taken the situation very well as elephants are very social animals, living in herds and used to company. On Monday she was seen trying to help Kinkel get up. She refused to eat yesterday and Alice her Zoo keeper suspects that she was aware that something was wrong. Elephants are known to grieve. We know that she trumpets whenever she is happy. We are not sure how she will express her emotions in this situation. An animal behaviorist will monitor and work closely with Lammie to assist her transition during this difficult time as elephants have good memories. The Zoo will be communicating its plans in the near future with regards to its Acquisition Management Plan.


Staff that looked after Kinkel and in the section will also receive counselling as they are emotional about this sudden loss.


Kinkel was very special to the Zoo and was highly liked by visitors. His enclosure is one of the most visited in the Zoo.


Issued on behalf of the
Councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba
Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development
City of Joburg


MEDIA ENQUIRIES:
Louise Gordon
EM: Business Development
Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo
T: 011 712-6815
C: 076 950 5149
E: lgordon@jhbcityparks.com





MEDIA STATEMENT


Tuesday, 31 July 2018


Joburg Zoo curators say their final goodbye to ‘Tom-Tom’


Curators gathered around Tom-Tom, Joburg’s Zoo’s 42-year old Shetland pony as the veterinarian readied to humanely put him down. At the ripe old age of 42 he has gone way beyond the average lifespan of ponies which is about 30. The procedure was undertaken on Thursday, 26 July at 14:30 due to renal failure. In the recent weeks Tom-Tom had started to slow down considerably, was struggling to eat and to walk and it was thought to be relative to age-related arthritis.


“It is with a heavy heart that we bid farewell to one of the Joburg Zoo’s senior residents and a favourite attraction, Tom-Tom,” stated the MMC for Community Development in the City of Joburg, Councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba

The Joburg Zoo’s curators attempted to keep him warm and to pamper him before he was examined by the veterinarians. Once the blood tests were received on Monday, 23 July that confirmed, that any further treatment will be futile - it was resolved among the medical team that he would be put down.


Tom-Tom arrived at the Joburg Zoo on 19 October 1977 as a donation and was estimated to be 1 year-old at that time.


Although he was often thought of, as being pensive, he was one of the stalwarts that brought much calm to the Delta Section of the Zoo by providing steady companionship to Jody (another Shetland pony) and Crown (a Shire horse) in the same enclosure. Shetland ponies are generally considered intelligent and friendly, and are popular for young children learning to ride,as they can be easily mounted and have a gentle personality. They are also used as guide animals and in therapeutic programs, for the mentally or physically challenged.


“Ponies and horses may generally live between 25 -30 years. Living past the ripe age of 40, is testimony to the high-standards of animal husbandry at the Joburg Zoo and we would like to extend our gratitude to all the keepers and curators, including the medical staff, who cared for Tom-Tom, until the end.
ENDS


Issued by
Councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba
The Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development City of Joburg
Media Enquiries

Jenny Moodley
Spokesperson: Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo
T: 011 712-6615/082 8030 748
E: jmoodley@jhbcityparks.com
W: www.jhbcityparks.com



Meet the Joburg Zoo’s new residents


Joburg Zoo brings yet again animals from other parts of the world. We are delighted to announce a pair of wolves, mainly found in Northern America, Europe & Asia. The Mangabeys are from the Republic of Congo and the Colobus are found in Kenya. The Zoo does bring you a collection of animals from all over the world right on your doorstep.


As the world’s population continues to increase and wildlife and their habitats disappear, more and more people live in urban centers disconnected from the natural environment. For most of these people, zoos provide the only way to regularly see and connect with the other living creatures that share our planet.


Meet Gray the male wolf who is 4 years old and his female companion Stella who is 3 years old. The pair can be seen curiously navigating their new home. Gray wolves are the largest member of its family, males weigh 43–45 kg and females 36–38.5 kg. They have a broader snout, shorter ears, a shorter torso and longer tail. Gray wolves can run 55–70 km/h. They are not fussy eaters, they may also supplement their diet with smaller sized animals such as marmots, hares, badgers, foxes, weasels. The Gray wolves are generally monogamous, with mated pairs usually remaining together for life. Captive wolves have been known to breed as soon as they reach 9–10 months, while the youngest recorded breeding wolves in the wild were 2 years old. The average litter of 5–6 pups is born after the gestation period of 62–75 days. The majestic species are found in deserts, grasslands, forests and arctic tundra. They are also found in Europe, Asia and North America.



Predators like wolves play an important role in maintaining the health of natural ecosystems. They prey primarily on animals that are young or elderly, sick or injured, and weak or unfit, thus keep prey populations healthy.


Mangabeys can be golden brown, grey, dark brown, or a soft black, depending on the species or subspecies, usually with a lighter colour on the underbelly. Youngsters are generally darker than the adults. Black mangabeys have long, greyish brown whiskers that almost cover their ears and a high crest on their head—a pointy hairdo! They are found south of the Congo River in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in rainforest in lowland areas of the south-west Congo Basin and into Angola.



Mangabeys are mainly fruit eaters, although they can also eat leaves, nuts, seeds, insects, and spiders. They have large food pouches in the cheeks, used to store food. All species of Mangabeys have a tail that is longer than their body.


The name, Colobus, actually means "mutilated one" referring to their lack of thumbs. They are the only Old World monkey to have a reduced thumb. Colobus monkeys have a U-shaped mantle of long white fur that descends from its shoulders and around its' back. They have white fur surrounding their face and a long white tail. The beautifully coated specie faces a number of threats in the wild as they are hunted excessively for its beautiful fur. Its skin has been used to make dance costumes, hats, and capes. Colobus monkeys eat fruit, leaves and buds. The gestation period takes up to 6.5 months. Infants are born with all white, curly fur and pink faces. By 6 months old they will have achieved full adult coloration.




Endangered Wattled crane born in captivity - is a huge victory for conservation in the City of Joburg


Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) the custodians of nature conservation and greening in the City of Joburg, has cracked the code for captive breeding of the endangered Wattled crane (Bugeranus carunculatus) which is the continent’s rarest of crane species.




On the eve of the Joburg Zoo commemorating 114 years of conservation, a second surviving fledgling has hatched on 9 February 2018 as part of a surrogate-reared, Wattled crane breeding programme in partnership with Ezemvelo Wildlife and the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT). The partnership was established at the Joburg Zoo’s conservatory in Parys, South Africa in 2010


The surviving chick that hatched on 19 July 2017, remains healthy and active and is oblivious to the watchful eyes of its costume dressed surrogate parents. The fledgling will remain in captivity and will be reared together with the recently hatched chick. Once fully socialized, the fledglings will be released into the wild as part of a pairing and mating programme, to boost diminishing numbers of tWattled crane. .


Three (3) births were recorded in captivity by the Joburg Zoo, with the first chick succumbing due to its inability to be acclimatized. This was followed by the ground breaking, second birth in 2017 and a subsequent birth this year, indicating that the programme is a masterstrokefor the advancement of conservation of the critically endangered Wattle crane.




Dwindling numbers of the species remain threatened by the destruction of wetlands; rapid urbanisation and the illegal collection of their eggs. Typically the close-knit breeding pair of Wattled cranes produce one egg, and on the off chance that a second egg is produced, the breeding pair will generally abandon the second egg once the first egg hatches.


The breeding programme is then designed to collect the abandoned egg from the wild and puppet-rear the chick after incubation, to prevent human imprinting. Costumed caretakers introduce the young cranes to life in the wild and teach them to forage and to avoid threats from predators such as Jackals. Once the breeding flock produces a significant number of chicks, their offspring, along with any additional chicks produced from abandoned wild eggs, will be reared and released into existing Wattled Crane flocks in an effort to bolster the population in the wild.


The Wattled crane is the largest of the cranes species, is predominantly white including its wattles with ash-grey wings, striking black under carriage and tail, and is remarkably distinguishable by its famed red beak covered by bumps. It forages in mostly marshy areas, dining on aquatic insects or snails, tubers or on reeds – that is if you are fortunate enough to encounter a rare sighting of this magnificent bird that is estimated to have a life expectancy of between 20 and 30 years in the wild.


Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development, Councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba commended the Conservation team at Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo for championing the Wattled Crane conservation programme and was hopeful that these first steps in breeding the species in captivity, signals that we can reverse the decline in the number of Wattled cranes found along marshy areas.


Historically, Wattled cranes were far more abundant and widely distributed throughout South Africa. Sadly, a 38% decline over the last two decades has left the critically endangered population at a high risk of extinction in the wild.


A scarce 310 specimens remain in South Africa with the most significant population residing in isolated pockets in KwaZulu Natal. Wattled Cranes are already locally extinct in neighbouring countries such as Lesotho and Swaziland.


Issued by
MMC Nonhlanhla Sifumba
Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development
City of Johannesburg




MEDIA RELEASE

Monday, 19 February 2018

No Embargo


Auditor General announces clean audit for Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo


Johannesburg City Park and Zoo (JCPZ) the greening entity that oversees the management of parks, street trees, conservation, cemeteries and the Zoo obtained its first clean audit since it was established in 2001, for the 2016/17 financial year.


This is a massive feat for the greening entity that has seen its portfolio increasing in line with rapid urbanization; employee numbers dwindling due to natural attrition and an ever-increasing demand for developed, safe, clean and well managed spaces including burial sites.


For the period, under review, the entity had to also deliver sans the support of a Chief Finance Officer compounded by budgetary constraints stemming from more pressing and competing needs within the City of Joburg.


The entity further increased its satisfaction levels across key performance areas by 5%, to 80% thereby reinforcing its commitment to service delivery with pride. “Lessons have been learnt from the past,” stated the Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development in the City of Joburg, Councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba who commended all departments within Johannesburg City Parks and the Zoo.


“Securing a clean audit in a fast paced metropolis like Joburg, on the backdrop of managing inclement weather-related challenges; safety and security demands; unemployment, a compelling need for community-based jobs and ad hoc requirements for veterinary medical services at the Joburg Zoo – is testimony to an entity that is highly committed to accountability and good governance,” added Sifumba.


Highlights assessed in report to the Auditor General included, the:

  • Reinstatement of the Joburg Zoo’s accreditation to the Pan-African Association of Zoos and Aquaria (PAAZAB);
  • Completion of Phase 6 of the Olifantsvlei Cemetery to provide 800 000 new burial sites in the City;
  • Concluded the construction of a multi-level parkade at the Joburg Zoo to bolster Zoo visitor numbers and to address illegal parking around the Zoo;
  • Completed the new wing at the Zoo’s Veterinarian Hospital to strengthen animal welfare;
  • Developed 6 new multi-functional parks to nurture healthy minds and bodies;
  • Created 2 265 community-based jobs to address poverty and unemployment;
  • Generation of R93.5m in revenue to augment the subsidy provided by the City;
  • Reached 63 106 beneficiaries through environmental education and awareness;
  • Achieved 96 % on its service delivery key performance indicators; and
  • Recorded 448 769 visitors from gate-takings at the Joburg Zoo.

  • The entity would like to recognize its many supporters such as the media, residential associations, security companies, corporates, trusts funds and the many individuals who generously donate their time, services and goods to our animals and parks. This achievement is also in part due to the many service providers to JCPZ that provide quality services to enable the entity to fulfill its horticulture and conservation mandates.


    “Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo is on track to securing a clean audit for the current financial year and put in place all monitoring mechanisms to ensure that employees comply with stringent procurement processes,” stated Sifumba.


    Issued by
    Councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba
    The Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development
    City of Johannesburg




    Official switch-on of the Tree of Light Ceremony, to be hosted for the 10th year at the Johannesburg Zoo


    HospiceWits will host its annual Tree of Light Ceremony on Sunday, 26th November 2017, at the Johannesburg Zoo. The event is free to residents of Joburg and signals the start of the festive season in the City.


    The popular family event, now in its 10th year, raises funds for patient treatment, provides a caring platform for families to remember loved ones who have passed, and to also celebrate the people in our lives we appreciate, love and hold dear.


    Says Jacqui Kaye, CEO of HospiceWits: “The experience of losing a loved one is emotionally and spiritually challenging. As an organisation providing palliative care to patients and families on the journey of life-threatening illness, we have a deep understanding and appreciation for these emotions. It is for this reason, that we host this special event to give those who have mourned the loss of a loved one, a moment to celebrate their memory.”


    Individuals and corporates have the option of purchasing virtual or actual globes. Those purchasing virtual globes can write messages dedicated to their loved ones, which will then be shared on the Tree of Light’s website. The physical globes are placed on the Tree during the event, where extended families bring their blankets and picnic baskets and enjoy a wonderful evening of friendship, Christmas carols and delightful entertainment.


    “Last year we lit 2 000 globes on the night – a truly spectacular sight, and this year we hope to increase this number substantially. This will enable us to continue to make a meaningful difference in the lives of patients who are not in a position to pay for our services,” concludes Kaye.


    “The City of Joburg will continue to support Hospice in its endeavours to assist the sick and infirm that require palliative care,” stated the MMC for Community Development, Councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba. “Just as important, is that this platforms reminds us to exercise the necessary caution and to remain safe and healthy, over the upcoming holidays,” she added.


    To purchase a globe, please visit tree-of-light.co.za or www.hospicewits.co.za. Alternatively, you can call 011 483 9100/9175 for more information.


    Issued jointly by
    Hospice Wits and Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo




    Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo honoured at the National Business Awards


    Outpaced only by trophy winner Mintek, Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo was lauded with the Highly Commended Award in the Top Performing Public Service category, at the 15th annual National Business Awards on 16 September.



    JCPZ’s’s achievement at the renowned “Oscars of South African business” resulted from the unanimous verdict of the awards’ Judges, a collective of industry heavyweights. There to hear the accolade announced were a host of business & government leaders, VIPs and media representatives. Also watching, via live social media updates, were thousands of South Africans whose engagement kept the awards trending for several hours.


    Recent achievements include the City of Joburg being named the Greenest City in the 2017 national awards by the Department of Environmental Affairs and achieving its first clean audit for the 2016/17 Financial Year.


    Commenting on the accolade, acting Managing Director Bukelwa Njingolo said, “We are extremely proud to be acknowledged with the Highly Commended award, especially given the calibre of the organisations we were up against in the Public Sector category. I would like to thank the judges for recognising our level of commitment to the people and natural resources of Africa’s greatest city. The certificate belongs to all our citizens in Joburg, and provides a motivational boost to keep putting our all into the green heart of Joburg.”


    Top Media CEO Ralf Fletcher, who gave the evening’s Welcome Address, commended the achievement of the night’s finalists and winners, saying that “In my 20 years of immersion in the science of business performance recognition, I have seldom seen such a powerhouse collective of innovators, job creators and drivers of the economy all together on the same roster. Tonight has only deepened my belief in the global competitiveness and drive in evidence across our economy’s primary, secondary and tertiary sectors. I can’t wait to see what this year’s National Business Awards champions will do next.”





    JCPZ’slatest pride – Short Road Park – to be launched on Thursday, 26 October


    Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) is continuing to green the City through the development and upgrading of parks and facilities as part of its capital projects. Our latest “show off” is a new charming little park, called Short Road Park.



    This gem is part of the Paterson Park Precinct in Norwood, in which the City invested R2million and will be handed over to the community on 26 October 2017.


    The 1 hectare park was previously enclosed by bamboo and lots of dumping occurred due to this location. Now, after work has been done, it has a storm water harvesting system – ideal for harvesting due to its shallow water table and water from the surrounding areas. This system includes bio-swale and 4 underground tanks, from which the harvested water will be used to irrigate the park.


    Playground equipment has been stalled for toddlers with safe rubberized surfaces and a hop scotch pattern to help them learn about balancing. The park also has durable concrete benches that serve a dual purpose of flower beds.


    Adults will be drawn to the park by the 6 braai areas and outdoor gym equipment. Bright colours in the activity areas enhance the vibrant park and welcome young and old to enjoy the great outdoors in Joburg!


    Safety is a priority and four solar lights and three new pedestrian gates were installed.


    Not only will the immediate community benefit from Short Road Park; upgrading the park involved 15 SMMEs and created 12 EPWP jobs.




    Thursday, 5 October 2017
    For immediate release
    Residents in Joburg cautioned regarding the outbreak of the Avian Influenza (H5N8)

    The City of Joburg has been affected by the global outbreak of the Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N8 strain that was first detected in Europe and Asia. The seasonal migration of free roaming birds have aided in the spread of the virus. This is evident in various parts of the country including in the City of Joburg, around the Westdene Dam, Emmarentia Dam, Zoo Lake and the Joburg Zoo.

    Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo would like to allay resident’s concerns. The H5N8 strain prevalent in Joburg, is not contagious to human beings.

    There is no cause for concern regarding the spread of the disease to citizens, however as per the City’s standard cautionary advice, residents are urged to take the necessary precautions, by:

    1. Refrain from handling or making contact with sick or dead birds;

    2. Do not attempt to feed wild birds or resuscitate sick birds;

    3. Report sightings of sick or dead birds to Joburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) on 011 712-6600. A team is on standby to assist with the removal of diseased birds which are being incinerated, and

    4. Ensure that all poultry produce is properly cooked

    Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo has recovered over 581 carcasses and has incinerated a further 243 chicks and 110 deserted eggs. The Joburg Zoo is also exercising the necessary caution as per the Office of the State Veterinarian to ensure that the valuable collection of vulnerable species, continue to be protected as per the biosecurity measures put in place by the State Vet, at the Joburg Zoo.

    The Joburg Zoo remains open to visitors who will need to use the footbaths with disinfectant at the exits. Vehicles exiting from inside the Zoo are being sprayed as well and employees leaving the Zoo are also requested to comply with the daily quarantine measures put in place to contain the spread of the Avian Influenza.

    Symptoms in birds include a combination of respiratory problems, or diarrhoea followed by rapid death. All dead birds are being incinerated and are being handled as per strict health and safety regulations.

    Residents, who have concerns, may direct their enquiries to jcp@jhbcityparks.com or call 011 712-6600 or report sightings after hours to 082 906 1515.

    Issued on behalf of the

    Councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba

    Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development City of Joburg




    Notice: Please note that Johannesburg Zoo will be closed on the 3rd September 2017 due to the Jazz on the Lake Festival at Zoo Lake.

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    Johannesburg Zoo Parkade is OPEN
    20 July 2017

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    Every year the Johannesburg Zoo visitor numbers increased to such an extent that parking became an urgency to alleviate the impact on residents as well as to ensure safety for zoo visitors. The Johannesburg Zoo’s R45 million parking building is expected to provide easier access for visitors coming by car to the zoo.


    The Zoo three storey parkade was designed to accommodate 710 cars and 15 buses. Special needs, parents with prams and wheelchair parking is available on the ground floor.


    City of Joburg supplied the funding for the parkade in 2014 to the value of R45 million. The project started in 2014 and completed in 2017.


    Visitors will be relieved from illegal car guards. Spill over parking on very busy days will still be able to utilise the Distong Museum of Military history parking as well as other parking areas on Erlswold Way and Jan Smuts.


    The intention is to grow visitor numbers to 800 000 per annum.

    Parking fees:
    Buses R25
    Cars R15


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    Mandela Day: Service with Pride and ways to get involved
    14 July 2017

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    No matter how small your action, Mandela Day is about changing the world for the better, just as Nelson Mandela did every day.


    What are you doing to make the world a better place?


    Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) celebrates International Nelson Mandela Day 18 July every year since inception and this year we are taking action against poverty by providing services and time to much needed areas in all regions.


    Mandela Day Activities:


    Region A – planting 80 indigenous trees at Barbeque Downs in Midrand


    Region B – beautifying the grounds at Helen Joseph Hospital, in partnership with Soccer Legends. Establishing a memorial garden, installing paving, benches, bins and painting the railings.


    The Johannesburg Zoo – 300 children from Cotlands and 80 caregivers will be doing a clean-up at the zoo, a talent contest and educational awareness.


    COAPE SA plans to create animal enrichment toys and props with Volunteers.


    Region C – Development of a food garden and cleaning at Itumeleng Educare Centre


    Region D – (17 July 2017) Announcement of the declaration of Nelson Mandela Champion Tree, the one he planted at Thokoza Park on his 90th birthday. The park has been declared a heritage resource. Commemorating the day with the Nelson Mandela Foundation at Thokoza Park Soweto.


    In partnership with CRUM, JRA, Environmental Health, JCPZ will be refurbishing a food garden, doing tree pruning, painting classrooms and installing a wheelchair ramp at Adelaide Tambo Primary School.


    Region E – Harvest for Madiba, distribution of fresh veggies produced at Huddle Park Nursery to old age home.


    Region F - In partnership with Radio 2000, we will be feeding the homeless and distributing blankets at Joubert Park. Building a small park in partnership with JRA and Pikitup. Four pieces of play equipment, trees and park benches will be installed at Vrede and Rus Street Vrededorp. Jan Hofmeyer Old Age Home grass cutting and cleaning the home. General clean up with JCPZ and community at Rhodes Park. Jan Hofmeyer Old Age Home grass cutting and cleaning the home.


    Region G – Joint clean up with CRUM. Civic Engineering has sponsored the activities at Ikhaya Lethemba Home for the Aged in Orange Farm. The activities include: fixing a leaking roof, installing a ceiling, removing existing paint inside and outside the building, tiling, installing four new toilets, installing two showers, fixing and replacing ten doors, fix the electrical reticulation, fix plumbing, add ten new beds, chest of draws and chairs, fix or replace the stove, buy a washing machine and install kitchen furniture. JCPZ will revive the existing food garden, plant fruit and ornamental trees. The team will also prune trees, paint the building outside and installing park benches.Jan Hofmeyer Old Age Home grass cutting and cleaning the home. Planting 50 fruit trees at Nirvana Retirement Home in Lenasia


    Cemeteries and Crematoria – will be cleaning up Avalon Cemetery heritage sites.


    Head Office staff – knitting scarves that will be distributed to Ikhaya Lethemba Home for the Aged in Orange Farm.


    If you would like to get involved or for more information please contact us 011 712 6600 or email jcp@jhbcityparks.com


    As the world reflects on Nelson Mandela’s legacy, we give thanks for his life, his leadership and his devotion to humanity and to humanitarian causes.


    Positive change was the gift left to all of us by Nelson Mandela but it can only become a living legacy if we take up his challenge and make Everyday a Mandela Day.


    #JoburgMandelaDay #MandelaDay #ActionAgainstPoverty


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    Animal enrichment programme at the Joburg Zoo
    14 July 2017

    Mokoko

    COAPE SA have partnered with Joburg Zoo in South Africa to implement an enrichment programme for all the animals and bird in their care. COAPE SA offer courses on animal behaviour and training. COAPE SA and Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo have signed a five year partnership to assist, create and implement enrichment activities for the animals at the zoo. During this five year partnership the aim is to create stunning engaging and stimulating exhibits for all animals.

    Karin Pienaar from COAPE SA has started working with Mokoko the gorilla and his keepers Katherine and Sharon, training him by using a clicker as a form of enrichment. “He is responding really well and enjoys his training sessions tremendously” says Karin. The team will also use clicker training to teach him to cooperate during medical examinations, to eliminate any stress that could occur during the process.

    More about the project watch this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1NMmfEW1DA





    A wonderful donation for Mokoko the Gorilla!
    13 July 2017

    COAPE SA and Johannesburg Zoo would like to give a really big Gorilla sized thank you to Liz Williamson from CATS Accounting in Rondebosch for their donation of a guitar and a Tablet for Mokoko the Gorilla! The tablet and guitar forms part of the Enrichment Program specifically designed for Mokoko, and will be used to encourage play behaviours. Keep an eye out for the videos of Mokoko learning to use them on the YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVws488VqxE8--LmiWcKnjQ





    Hollard sponsors Baobabs for Ring Tail Lemurs at the Zoo
    6 June 2017

    Hollard’s Corporate Social Investment has kindly paid for two large Baobab-shaped tree structures installed at the Madagascar section of the Johannesburg Zoo, where Hollard Volunteers also helped to clear the enclosure. The Ring-Tailed Lemurs are the lucky recipients of this innovative climbing structure that combines lemur welfare and conservation with play.


    The ring-tailed Lemur is the most iconic lemur species of Madagascar. They are easily identified by their distinctive black and white striped tail which gives them their name. In the wild, lemurs would be found in the mid canopy of the trees. To allow them to mimic this natural behaviour, their enclosure is designed with large Baobab structures with ropes connected to different areas. The lemurs use these ropes and branches to move around their enclosure, promoting exercise and demonstrating their natural climbing and jumping abilities when doing so.


    Katherine Visser, the Primate Curator at the Johannesburg Zoo, expressed her appreciation to Hollard and the contractor that built the Baobab structures.







    Hindu Prayer Festival
    6 April 2017

    The Hindu Prayer Festival will be taking place at the Memorial War Museum from 15 to 23 April.


    The parking for the Jhb Zoo visitors will not be available during this period.


    Visitors are advised to use alternative parking at, CID, Jan Smuts and Zoo Lake.






    Animals of the Amazon Exhibit
    4 April 2017

    Take a glimpse into the world of fauna from the Amazon Basin when visiting Joburg Zoo's Animal of the Amazon Exhibit. The building design is based on the historic Mayan temples of Central America, and consists of 2 floors of exhibit, with the 3rd level being an observation deck.The exhibit houses an impressive collection of animals from Central and South America, ranging from large predators to small animals, consisting of: reptiles, arachnids, amphibians, fishes and mammals. At least 2 of the "terrifying creatures of the Amazon river", Arapima and pacu is amongst the collection. The exhibit has a walk-through tunnel, housing fresh water fish and it brings the exciting biodiversity of the Amazon Rainforest to many South Africans who would never be able to visit such natural habitats. The exhibit also highlights the beauty of each of the species found within that habitat, their needs and to create awareness of habitat destruction and loss of biodiversity.


    Reptiles
    A huge diversity of reptiles can be found in the Amazon Rainforest, most are primarily carnivores whilst others are herbivores .The zoo's collection consists of the following species of snakes 4 Boa species, Boa Constrictor, Amazon tree boa, Brazilian Rainbow Boa, Columbia Rainbow Boa, Red tailed boa and Yellow anaconda . Boa are the most famous snakes in the world, with Anacondas being one of the most dangerous, the largest and heaviest snake in the world, weighing up to 95 kg and 5-7 m long. Other snakes such as Milk Honduran, Snake False water Cobra can also be found in the Exhibit.


    Lizards
    At least 2 lizard species are amongst the Zoo's collection one of them being the Gila Monster Green, which is one of the largest and venomous lizards in the US and Iguanas.


    Frogs
    Wildly coloured and toxic are poison dart frogs; their poison can easily paralyse any animal. Their bright colours serve to warn predators to stay safely away. Golden Poison Dart Frog, Yellow banded dart frog, Dyeing Dart Frog, Amazon poison dart frog, Black and Green Dart Frog, Blue Dart Frog, Dart Strawberry are amongst the few frogs that can be found in the exhibit.


    Fish
    Myriad fresh water fish species ranging from the largest Arapaima, which is approximately 450 centimeters long and weighs about 200 kg are housed in the exhibit. Also Pacu, an omnivore related to the famous Piranha and has human-like teeth, known from fishing story joke as "testicle-eating" fish is amongst the collection. Freshwater stingray, Red tailed Catfish Piraiba Catfish - known to be the largest catfish of the Amazon river, Red Hump Earth Eater, Jack Demsey, Oscar Chichild - very aggressive fish which will actively defend its territory, Bronze Corydoras - have a mild poison which causes fish which try to attack them to get stung, Altum Angel - considered the most peaceful of all angelfish species, Discus- derives its name from its body shape, which is round and compressed like a disc and Amazon Leaf Fish- the fish is camouflaged to mimic a dead leaf, both in body shape and pattern. It can change colour to match its surroundings and has a projection from its bottom lip that resembles a leaf stalk.


    Spider species
    Very interesting species of spiders are housed in the exhibit including one of the largest spiders, often cited as 2nd or 3rd in the world, Bird eater. Various species of tarantula such as Curly hair tarantula, Mexican Red Knee and Green Bottle Blue - one of the most colourful tarantulas in the world are amongst the collection. Bright blue legs, metallic blue green carapace and orange abdominal hair, Chilean Common Tarantula, Mexican Flame Knee tarantula, white striped bird eater and Costa Rican tiger rump


    Mammal Species
    2 mammal species, Selba Short-tailed bat and Emperor Tamarin are housed in the exhibit.






    Joburg Zoo Hospital gets a R4.8-million makeover
    23 March 2017

    The City of Johannesburg's Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development, Cllr Nonhlanhla Sifumba, on Wednesday March 15 officially unveiled the new-look Johannesburg Zoo's animal hospital, which has been revamped at a cost of R4.8-million. The refurbished hospital, which has enhanced the zoo's service offerings, has a much larger operating theatre and a public observation area. The facility will also serve as a valuable educational asset for medical students, zoo keepers and members of the public without compromising the sterility of the environment. The makeover is part of a R50-million City investment in the Johannesburg Zoo that includes the construction of a multi-storey parkade, maintenance and upgrading of existing enclosures and the acquisition of new animals to enhance visitor experience. 'Not only does the revamp of the zoo hospital enhance the scope of the services offered at the facility, but it also further entrenches it as a leader in conservation research and education,' said Cllr Sifumba. The revamp has also enhanced the aesthetics of the once bleak-looking hospital. It now also includes a new specialised doorway to reduce the risk of sick animals escaping. Cllr Sifumba said the extension of the facility was also necessitated by the increased demand on the hospital as the zoo grew over the years. The zoo currently accommodates 365 animal species, including the big five, a phenomenal increase compared with just 10 animals, including two lions and a leopard, it had when it was established in 1904. 'The acquisition of new animals, coupled with the successful reproduction rates at the zoo and the need for increased conservation and animal welfare of endangered species, has accelerated the need for rapid medical response. However, the space to operate from became a major challenge,' said the MMC. She said while the revamp had enhanced the hospital's service offerings, there was a growing need to replace and upgrade aging medical equipment to make it a truly state-of-the-art facility. 'The upgrading of the zoo hospital is a vital step in ensuring that the animals in our care are afforded the necessary medical services in a safe, healthy and caring environment. 'To ensure we deliver and strive to provide our animals with the best veterinary care and treatment available, I appeal to members of the public and business within the medical fraternity to please donate specialised equipment to further enhance operations at the Joburg Zoo Hospital,' said Cllr Sifumba.






    Joburg Zoo's Letaba the Lion given a clean bill of health
    16 February 2017

    He may appear lean and shabby but Letaba the White Lion, a resident of the Johannesburg Zoo, is in 'excellent health', despite serious concerns raised by members of the public. Associate Veterinarian Dr Kresen Pillay says the zoo was contacted by a National Inspector at the Wildlife Protection Unit of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) inquiring about Letaba's health status after a member of the public raised concerns about him appearing 'underfed'. 'Despite his physical appearance, Letaba is in excellent health, with a great appetite,' comments Dr Pillay. He says Letaba's 'appetite is extremely healthy and he is fed 1.5 times more food than the equivalent-aged male lion'. He explains that white lions carry a recessive gene that gives them their appearance. But as a result of inbreeding for profit operations, genetic defects are often present in white lions. 'Letaba shows a scoliosis and kyphosis deformation of his spine. However, he has had several health G-checks to assess the degree of deformation as well as obtain benchmark radiographs for future monitoring and receives ongoing care by the zoo staff. 'Letaba has also been assessed for pain and discomfort and has not shown any signs of this and is currently on joint supplements and daily monitoring,' says Dr Pillay. 'We will continue to treat him with the outmost care and give him the greatest quality of life,' says Dr Pillay. Letaba's distinctive coat and lackadaisical stride has made him a firm favourite with visitors to the Johannesburg Zoo following his arrival at the zoo in August 2014. He was born with sisters Sabi and Jubba at a private game farm in April 2014. The trio were later donated to the Johannesburg Zoo. Sabi and Jubba do not carry the recessive gene that gives Letaba his colour coat.






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    February 2017

    Book your meeting, party , wedding, workshop or family day from January to April and receive 20% discount .

    Contact Leesel Van Louw on 011 646 2000x2241 or email leesel.vanlouw@jhbzoo.org.za
    Or contact Christine Ngobeni on 011646 2000 x 2240 or email cngobeni@jhbcityparks.com








    New Zoo Parkade
    February 2017

    Visitors to the Johannesburg Zoo can look forward to a multi-story car park that is nearing completion. Half a million visitors are welcomed to the zoo each year and parking space became inadequate, people resorted to parking along streets in the neighbourhood, often blocking driveways especially over weekends. The shortage of parking space had also led to an increase in the number of informal car guards and vehicle break-ins. Construction on the new parkade began in July 2015. The project was temporarily halted midway when contractors discovered an historic refuse heap on the construction site. Over R17 million was allocated for the first phase of construction, a further R20 million will be spent on the second phase, which is scheduled for completion in November 2017. The multi-million rand parkade will consist of a parking deck for over 600 vehicles and parking will initially cost R15 a day. Visitors can park at alternative parking areas; Military Museum or Erlswold Way entrance whilst construction forges ahead.








    Joburg Zoo welcomes three new tiger cubs
    September 2016

    It’s not an everyday phenomenon that you get to meet a Siberian tiger cub up close and personal but at the Joburg Zoo, we make those every day little miracles happen.

    We are proud to introduce to you our four new adorable pounces. These playful parent-reared cubs were born at the Zoo on 25 April 2016 and closely monitored by our zoo staff during the winter season. As we welcome spring, the cubs are now ready to discover the world. Siberian Tigers are listed as endangered animals on IUCN’s red list due to the terrible surge of poaching and habitat loss.

    “We are passionate about all the animals in our care here at the zoo, our successful breeding programmes go a long way in ensuring the survival of these big cats in captivity.” said Agnes Maluleke, curator for carnivores. The Siberian Tiger and Bengal Tiger subspecies rank among the biggest living cats. An average adult Siberian Tiger outweighs an average adult male lion by 45.5kg.

    Siberian Tigers are also known as Amur Tigers, they mate at any time of the year. Gestation lasts 3 to 3 ½ months. Litter size is normally two or four cubs but there can be as much as six. The cubs are born blind and stay with their mother until three months when they become interested in eating meat. The males will reach sexual maturity at the age of 48 to 60 months. Adopt on or all of our tiger cubs and contribute to our conservation programme.

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    Donation of dart gun by Global Supplies
    July 2016

    Global Supplies has been at the cutting edge of delivering top class products and services to the wildlife industry for the last 16 years. Together with Pneu-Dart they have generously donated an X-Caliber CO2 Projector to the Johannesburg Zoo. 'This system is a leader by a long way and definitely the most widely used darting system in Africa.' says JJ van Altena.



    JJ van Altena, Director of Global Supplies, presented the veterinary team with the prized rifle and reiterated the enthusiasm in given the opportunity to partner with the Zoo.



    Pneu-Dart's most recent innovation ' the X-Caliber ' is the most attractive and practical gas based dart projector ever built. Altena states that the X-Caliber, has become a favourite for those seeking a versatile, pressure-gauged full volume dump, lightweight projector without sacrificing range or accuracy.

    The benefits of the X-Caliber are that it is quiet, dart ranges are the greatest and the most accurate, it is also the most affordable on a per shot basis.

    Dr Kresen Pillay the zoo's vet said that he is very impressed with the rifle and that it will assist with the darting of tricky animals like the wild dogs.

    Ioanna Karamitsos the fundraiser thanked JJ van Altena and team for the kind donation, 'this is one of the key pieces of equipment that we needed at the newly renovated, state of the art animal hospital.'

    To donate to the animal hospital please contact Ioanna Telephone: 011 646 2000 ext 2242





    Join City Parks in celebrating wetlands for our future
    8 February 2016

    International Wetlands Day is celebrated internationally every February to create awareness about the importance of wetlands to our environment.



    Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo will be hosting two events around wetlands this month:

    • On 18 February, learners, officials and residents of Dobsonville will gather at Dorothy Nyembe Park in Soweto to clean up the wetlands and learn about their uses. Alien Invasive species will also be removed along the waterway to ensure natural flow.
    • On 26 February, learners have been invited to the Zoo to learn about wetland animals.

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    Joburg Zoo's wetland system purifies Zoo Lake water
    Tuesday, 17 November 2015
    JOBURG ZOO'S innovative wetland system not only hosts a large number of bird species that are sensitive to climate-related changes - it also serves as the Zoo's own water purification project.

    Comprising a graded series of tanks and reed formations, the Zoo's wetland system plays a major role in cleansing water from two tributaries of the Braamfontein Spruit before it flows into Zoo Lake on the other side of Jan Smuts Avenue and beyond.

    The two tributaries, one coming from the south and the other from the east, merge at the Zoo, carrying large amounts of dirt and pollution. The purpose-built wetland system purifies this firstly by means of a sieve tank for catching large pollutants and a catchment tank for smaller pollutants, which sink to the bottom and are pumped out into the City's sewer system.

    The partially cleansed water then flows through three wetland reed bed ponds planted in row formation to maximize the natural biological filtration process, and through gravel layers to filter it further. Fish and bacteria have also been released to feed off the nutrients in the water.

    The beauty of the system is that, besides purifying the water, it attracts birds, insects and other wildlife. A large number of free-flying birds have settled in the area, creating a fantastic display for Zoo visitors while augmenting the Zoo's extensive resident bird collection, which includes a large number of water fowl, cranes and storks.

    The Zoo's next project will be to redirect the flow of some of the water back into the Zoo, helping to #savewater by cutting back on the Zoo's consumption of water supplied by the City.






    Zoo voted Joburg's No. 1 family outing
    Tuesday, 11 November 2014
    JOHANNESBURG Zoo has got the big thumbs-up from The Star readers, being voted No. 1 in the Best Family Outing category in the newspaper's annual Your Choice competition.

    Run over a period of six weeks, the competition gave readers the opportunity to cast their votes in two ballots for their favourite services and businesses across a wide range of categories.

    In Johannesburg, the Zoo took the Family Outing honours, with especially strong scores for customer service, customer needs and wants satisfaction, and public exposure resulting in a vote of confidence from customers and stakeholders within the business.

    Covering 55 hectares across the road from Zoo Lake in the leafy suburb of Parkview, Joburg Zoo houses over 320 species totalling around 2 000 animals.

    The facility is open to the public 364 days a year, including the Christmas, New Years and Easter holidays, and hosts a busy schedule of day and night tours, school holiday programmes and other regular events for the public.






    Mothers have a ball at the Joburg Zoo

    Kaya FM's first-ever Mother's Day Concert at the Johannesburg Zoo yesterday ' featuring award-winning Lira and other highly talented musicians ' was a runaway success, with more than 15 000 people from all corners of the city attending

    Read the complete article here.





    The Joburg Zoo to the rescue of 6 crocodiles

    The Johannesburg Zoo has been called to assist with the accommodation of 6 crocodiles. The Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (GDARD) together with the Green Scorpions confiscated 6 crocodiles from an owner that housed them without a proper permit. The crocodiles will be kept at the Zoos quarantine area until a suitable location can be found for them. The zoo has experience in capturing and housing crocodiles, particularly during cooler temperatures. The crocodiles will be medically assessed and treated.

    The owner appears in court on Tuesday 28 April 2015.

    The Joburg Zoo to the rescue of 6 crocodiles




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