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Joburg Zoo welcomes four 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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Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo
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






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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




Catch Ronald McDonald at the zoo

Catch Ronald McDonald at the Zoo
Wed 1 April 2015

The lovable McDonald's mascot-clown will appear at the Bandstand at the Zoo at 2pm on Saturday, 4 April and at 12 midday on Sunday and Monday, 5 and 6 April.


Ronald will do a 40-minute magic show, followed by a walkabout and photo opportunity.


He'll be using his appearance to promote McDonald's South Africa's charity project, Ronald McDonald House Charities, which provides support and a resting place for families of sick children who are being treated in hospitals.








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.





Heritage Day dash to save ensnared Leopard in the North West

 

UPDATE: Brandy the pregnant leopard that was caught in a snare and airlifted to the Johannesburg Zoo hospital for veterinary care is recovering well. Her wounds are healing, she is sitting up and she ate last night. Thank you all for the messages. #BrandyLeopard

 

 

Thursday, 26 September 2014

 

Heritage Day dash to save ensnared Leopard in the North West
The Johannesburg Zoo is providing critical medical care at its veterinary hospital for a young, pregnant leopard that was found ensnared in Magaliesburg in the North West Province.


Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo's veterinarians Dr Katja Koepel and Dr Francois Le Grange together with Acting Hospital Manager, Mr Bishop Ngobeli were requested to provide critical care for the leopard that was airlifted to the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital's helipad in Johannesburg on Wednesday, 24 September.


John Power, from North West Nature Conservation, advised Zoo officials that a collared leopard released into the wild was reported as being unusually stationary. She was then located and found entrapped in a snare - probably meant for antelope.

 

The team at Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo collected her in a crate within 25 minutes of receiving the request, and rushed her to the Johannesburg Zoo's veterinary hospital. At the hospital she was stabilised, received fluids, medication and her large wound, which cut through all the muscles, was sutured during the 2-hour procedure.

 

The leopard, which is in a stable but critical condition, will remain in hospital until fully recovered and will only be released once nature conservation officials find a suitable recuperation site.


Managing Director of Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo, Mr Bulumko Nelana commended all nature conservations officials at Leopards for the Future, North West Nature Conservation and Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo for their quick action and amazing dedication to saving the leopard.


Issued on behalf of Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo
For media enquiries contact

 

Dr. Katja Koepel, BVMS, MRCVS, MSc (wildlife), CertZooMed
Senior Veterinarian
Johannesburg Zoo
T: 27 721 732 282 or
Jenny Moodley
Spokesperson: Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo
082 8030 748/jmoodley@jhbcityparks.com

 

Vulture Conservation

 

 

 


The Johannesburg Zoo is in partnership with Vulpro which is the largest Vulture Conservation Project in Africa. Vulpro is based in Hartebeespoort and carries out a number of functions relating to Vulture Conservation:


• Rescue of injured Vultures of all species throughout South Africa and sometimes other Southern African countries
• Rehabilitation and release of injured wild vultures of all species
• Captive breeding of Cape Vultures with the aim of releasing these offspring in the near future (early 2015)
• Care of a captive Cape Vulture Colony based at Vulpro
• Supplement feeding of Wild Vultures of various species
• Education of public about Vultures, the threats to vultures and vulture conservation

 

Johannesburg Zoo currently houses 4 Juvenile Cape Vultures belonging to Vulpro, because they are Juveniles they are sexually immature and will not yet breed. The Zoo houses Vultures for education and awareness purposes. When these Vultures become sexually mature they will be moved back to Vulpro where they will be paired with other vultures for breeding and new juveniles will be sent to the Zoo for display for education.


Vulpro currently houses 6 Cape Vultures belonging to Johannesburg Zoo, these 6 Vultures have paired up with vultures belonging to Vulpro and have produced a number of offspring, some of these are due to be part of the proposed release plan in early 2015.


The Zoo will be raising funds in order to sponsor a 5 year tracker which will be used to track on of the vultures which is due to be released next year (early 2015). All birds to be released will be fitted with a tracker that will monitor them for 5 years. One tracker will cost R45 000.


The Zoo also assists Vulpro with Veterinary procedures when required at no charge to Vulpro.

 

 

 

Released by: Laura Vercueil : PR & Communication Manager
Johannesburg Tourism
Tel: +27 11 214 0700
Email: laurav@joburgtourism.com
Info Line : 0860 333 999

 

Johannesburg Tourism is a destination marketing organisation, dedicated to promoting tourism growth in the City. Its primary function is to promote Johannesburg as a business, lifestyle, sport and leisure destination, both locally and internationally. Its operations include running a Convention Bureau, a Visitor Services Bureau, as well as co-ordinating city-wide tourism marketing programmes, tourism information gathering and analysis.

Johannesburg Tourism has three offices:
Joburg Tourism Head Office, Parktown North
Tel: +27 214 0700
Soweto Tourism Information Centre
Tel: +27 11 342 4316
Park Station Tourism Information Centre
Tel: +27 11 333 1488
Operating hours 08:00 – 17:00 Monday - Friday

Info Line 0860 333 999
www.joburgtourism.com

 

ILLEGAL IMPORT OF SITATUNGAS FROM THE CZECH REPUBLIC

A consignment of eight antelopes landed at OR Tambo International Airport from the Czech Republic via Germany on Friday, 1 August 2014, without all the necessary veterinary import documentation.

 

An attempt was made to return the animals to the Czech Republic, but unfortunately, Germany refused their transit through their territory. The importer was also given the option of finding an alternative market for them, which also did not materialise. Among the diseases of concern, is schmallenberg, which has been detected in Europe and remains an OIE unreportable disease, as a result, South Africa does not know the extent of the outbreak.

South Africa, other than its valuable wild life, has an in excess of 20 million susceptible and naive livestock population, which should schmallenberg be introduced to, will suffer great losses. The country is still trying to recover from devastating outbreaks which negatively affected its ability to trade in these animals and their products. Risking the introduction of a new disease will have a crippling effect on the industry, not only as a result of loss of markets, but because of the large mortalities that will be experienced.

 

To ensure the welfare of the animals, under the circumstances, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty towards Animals (NSPCA) was called to assist and to assess the situation throughout.

 

Extensive consultations took place, both internally and with industry representatives. It was agreed that the best option is still to have returned the animals to their country of origin, failing which humane euthanasia remained the best option under the circumstances. Sadly, the animals had to be put down, under the watchful eye of the NSPCA to protect the national herd and flock.

The department will be working with the SAPS, SARS, Department of Environmental Affairs, NSPCA and other relevant departments to resolve the matter. Contact will also be made with the relevant airline and veterinary authorities.

 

The department would like to thank all parties involved, especially the NSPCA in ensuring the welfare of these animals.

 

For media enquiries and further information please contact:
Ms Makenosi Maroo
Chief Director: Stakeholder Relations and Communications
Tel.: 012 319 6787
Cell: 072 475 2956
E-mail: MakenosiM@daff.gov.za


 

 

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

 

 

Joburg Zoo distraught on the death of Wang, Africa’s last polar bear


The Chief Veterinarian, Dr Brett Gardener had to make a very tough decision at 11.49 today. Africa’s last polar bear Wang had to be put down due to liver failure and chronic arthritis. The much-loved bear, born on 21 December 1985, arrived at the Joburg Zoo in December 1986 as part of a conservation exchange programme with the Zoo in Japan.

 

Wang in the recent months was pining the loss of his beloved partner of 27-years GeeBee, who died on 12 January 2014 due to natural causes. His distraught keeper Ms Agnes Maluleke ensured that in the recent weeks, his days were filled with enrichment programmes and special treats, including his own Valentine’s Day celebration this year.

 

Since November 2010, Wang who was diagnosed with liver ailments and various medical conditions, was responding well to treatment. The Joburg Zoo however did indicate at that stage, that they remained concerned about his health.

 

The Joburg Zoo resolved in 2010 not to replace the ageing polar bears at the Zoo. This decision is still effective.

 

In tribute to Wang, the Joburg Zoo will dedicate the Zoo Trot on 14 September to the rich legacy of Wang, the last polar bear in Joburg and the African continent. Tributes can be posted to our Twitter and Facebook pages on @JoburgParksZoo or @JoburgParks respecitively.

 

Issued by Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo

 

Media Enquiries

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


 

 

 



 

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