February with all its romance was a hot topic of discussion at the zoo and certain of our animals were surprised with special treats on Valentine's Day. Our environmental enrichment coordinator, Robynn Ingle-Moller and the conservation staff prepared a range of innovative treats for the animals.
We now have a whole section on our website that focuses on environmental enrichment in order to showcase the work that is being done by our staff in this fascinating area. Please take a look and let us have your feedback. There are some images on our Facebook site too.
On Valentine's Day the NZG's environmental enrichment coordinator, Robynn Ingle-Möller and the conservation staff prepared a range of innovative treats for the animals.
"I would like to express my thanks to the National Research Foundation for supporting the NZG's first conservation medicine course - a first for the African continent – and to all the staff that ensured that the course was a success." - Dr Clifford Nxomani, MD, National Zoo
Despite the tough economic circumstances the NZG was able to grow its visitor numbers by 53% during the December/ January school holidays.
First conservation medicine course in Africa
February also saw a first, not only for the zoo but for the African continent as well. The NZG presented its first conservation medicine course. Conservation medicine is an emerging field that focuses on the health of animals from a holistic perspective.
More than 40 delegates attended the course, from a variety of disciplines including ecology, nutrition and veterinary science. I would like to express my thanks to the National Research Foundation for supporting this workshop and to all the staff that ensured that the course was a success. Please see the next edition of Zoo e-News for more information on this course. We will also be explaining more about this new and exciting field of research.
NZG holiday programme
I would also like to express our appreciation to MacDonald's, Total SA and Oasis Water for supporting the NZG's December/January holiday programme. Despite the tough economic circumstances the NZG was able to grow its visitor numbers by 53% during this period and with the additional visitors we were able to generate more revenue from all the fund-raising activities.
We would like to express our sincere appreciation to all our visitors who supported us during the festive season.
Dr Clifford Nxomani, Managing Director, NZG
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