Dischem supports Zoo's animal hospital upgrade
2 February 2016
NEW Killarney resident Dischem has donated medical equipment in support of the Zoo's upcoming veterinary hospital upgrade.
Did you know that the first animal hospital at Joburg Zoo was built in 1936? In the late 1960s a new, modern hospital was built to replace it, and in the 1990s extensive renovations were done to the existing structure. Read more
With over 500 000 million visitors a year the
Johannesburg Zoo is a valuable asset and an ideal
destination of choice. The zoo's commitment lies in
education, conservation, family recreation and research.
Companies have an opportunity to partner up with the zoo
and benefit from the exposure to the thousands of
visitors who come through our doors each year.
As a non profit recreational attraction we need to
sustain and grow our four pillars of business. Your
support will help us secure the resources to move
forward in maintaining a World Class African Zoo and to
DISH and Douglasdale Dairy donate mosaic art to the
- Provide the highest standards of animal care
- Inspire people to appreciate wildlife and the
- Support wildlife conservation and the protection
of threatened and endangered species
- Educate in a unique and stimulating environment
- A valuable asset, an accredited member of the
Association of Zoos and Aquariums
- Increase your exposure in this highly-visible
- Build brand equity and increase consumer loyalty
- Bring public attention to your company's
- Build your company's reputation as a strong
- Be associated with strong education and
conservation programmes throughout the year
With corporate funding and newly formed partnerships
we plan to maintain world-class standards in the
areas of animals, facilities, reproductive biology,
veterinary medicine and visitation.
While reading the Killarney Gazette, Lynne
Bester who runs a small mosaic company called DISH, came
across an article about the zoo’s intention to place
pieces of mosaic art around the zoo. As mothers of
children who enjoy coming to the zoo, they contacted the
zoo with a proposal to install mosaic art in the zoo,
however it will be dependant on sponsorships and
donations from visitors, schools and businesses. The zoo
was eager to begin this project in partnership with DISH
and thus began a strong relationship between DISH and
the Johannesburg Zoo.
DISH contacted Douglasdale Dairy with a proposal to
install mosaic art in the zoo’s farmyard. Riaan Bester,
sales and marketing manager at Douglasdale Dairy felt it
is a good fit to have the 70 year old proudly Joburg
dairy sponsor the mosaic art to the Johannesburg Zoo’s
farmyard were cows, sheep and other farm animals are
kept. Douglasdale Dairy has sponsored 3 pieces of
creative mosaic art worth R15820.00 The art features
cows from well known nursery rhymes such as “Hey Diddle
Diddle” in English and Afrikaans, a Zulu nursery rhyme
“Moo Moo How do you do” and an African version of
“Little boy blue” in English.
On the 28th
February 2012, DISH installed the 3 pieces of mosaic
art. Thanks to this donation visitors can enjoy looking
and singing along to these nursery rhymes.
contribute to this project, please contact: Ioanna on
011 646 2000 (ext: 213)
CEO: JHB Zoo Dr. Stephen van der Spuy, Lara Jordan
(curator of birds) and Mr. Francois Kriel (sponsor).
Mr. Francois Kriel,is an avid bird lover. He decided
after a recent visit to the Zoo, to contribute the
living conditions of some of the birds at the Zoo. He
called on friends for support and together they donated
Mr. Francois Kriel from F.K Machine
solutions donated a pond, plants and a tool box set to
the value of R15 000-00 Mr. Andre Kriel from MW
Industrial supplied transport of donated items to the
value of R10 000.00 Mr. Vic van Eck supplied plants for
the enclosures to the value of R5000-00 Mr. Sean
Sullivan from Alexander Tailings supplied 3 types of
sand to the value of R35 000.00
Birds such as the
2 Andean Condors housed at the Zoo, are enjoying a
luxurious bath in their new pond.
Johannesburg Zoo wishes to thank Mr. Kriel and partners
for their generosity. It is a privilege to meet animal
lovers who want to help build the Zoo in to a world
class facility with the best possible animal care and
enclosures. Thank you so much.
When the Zoo's Pest Control Officer, Ms Xolani
Sibuyi went on maternity leave, the Zoo appointed a
company to providing all Pest Control Services for
the Zoo.The company is called Fumigation Worx.
During their time working at the Zoo, Fumigation
Worx Director, Mr Mark Sacks contacted the Zoo to
say that they were involved with an Owl Box Project
with Bayer Environmental Science, one of their
suppliers and he enquired as to whether we would
like to become involved with the project and install
some owl boxes in the Zoo.
We agreed and were
subsequently presented with 6 owl boxes by
Fumigation Worx and Bayer. The six owl boxer will be
erected and pending their success we have an option
of installing 24 more boxes.
Science, CSVC and Coopers Environmental Science Barn
The three main goals for the
1. To educate users on
correct use of rodenticides
use of a rodenticide that is effective but with
limited threat to predators. Racumin products,
multi-feed rodenticides, pose a low risk to owls
that might eat a poisoned rat.
Barn Owls will
help to control the rodent population together with
strategically placed rodenticides. Identifying
potential rodent breeding areas, clearing them as
well as proper waste management forms an integral
part of the integrated rodent control plan.
2. Establish suitable breeding sites for
Placing nesting boxes in the
environment will encourage Barn Owl presence in the
area. Improved rodent control is established, which
will in turn limit the use of rodenticides.
3. Collect data on the movements and
breeding of Barn Owls.
Data will be
collected on breeding pairs, chicks hatched and
numbers fledged. Chicks will be ringed where
possible before fledging and data will be sent to
SAFRING. The information will add additional data on
Barn Owl movements and longevity.
The Joburg Zoo
would like to acknowledge and thank Internet
Solutions for there continued support and sponsoring
their services as our Internet Service Provider.
The Joburg Zoo would like to thank Jenna and
Jack Smithyman for their hard work and dedication in
collecting over R400 for the Joburg Zoo. Jenna, 8
years and Jack, 6 years decided they wanted to help
the animals at the Joburg Zoo by collecting change.
The grand total was many made up of 5, 10, 20 and 50
cent coins. There were even some 1 and 2 cent coins
too. Their personal fundraising effort just goes to
show that every penny counts and no matter how old
you are, you can make a difference in the lives of
Congratulations to Jenna and Jack for
a job well done!
Red river sand
donated to the Johanessburg Zoo.
The Johannesburg Zoo would
like to thank Ethelwynne Van Eck for his donation of
red river sand used at various places in the zoo.
This donation is valued at R30 000.