2020: a year of wildlife rescues and research
Whilst our ZAA-accredited zoos and aquariums couldn’t have visitors during periods of COVID-19 lockdowns this year, their important wildlife rescue and research work has continued behind the scenes.
Maru Koala & Animal Park in Victoria conducted research sponsored by the Australasian Society of Zoo Keepers (ASZK) observing koalas. Park staff observed koalas in the wild, captive in a large free ranging reserve and captive in the wildlife park to study behaviours. Report will be shared in Thylacinus in the future.
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium in Auckland had several turtles come through for rehabilitation after being rescued. In March, Calvin the Green Sea Turtle was successfully released into the ocean at Rangiputa by the affectionately named ‘Team Turtle’, a collaborative effort from Sea Life Kelly Tarlton’s, the NZ Department of Conservation, Auckland Zoo, and iwi, with generous support from Countdown.
Another turtle, called Taka was found stranded on Takapuna Beach in May and moved to SEA LIFE for treatment for exhaustion, dehydration and low body temperature in the aquarium’s Turtle Rehabilitation Centre after it was initially rescued by the Department of Conservation and checked over by Auckland Zoo’s specialist vet team.