Reconnecting with nature at zoos and aquariums
With 2020 being the year it was, many of us have needed that chance to reconnect with nature. Several ZAA-accredited zoos and aquariums took the chance this year to look at how they could help people connect with nature whether through community programs, charismatic animal advocates, new exhibits or holiday fun from home.
Brooklands Zoo connected visitors with native wildlife including Taranaki Kiwi Trust talks for Save Kiwi Month, Maori Language Week and participation in the Toyota Kiwi Guardians (DOC) program etc. They also welcomed little owls and red crowned kakariki, who were both needing new homes for improved welfare and are now very happy in their new space.
They also said goodbye to some morepork and tui that were released back to the wild after being rehabilitated at the zoo.