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20. Installation of captive facilities for Cook Strait striped geckos Location: Maud Island, Marlborough Sound

Partner Organisation: Department of Conservation

Project Objective: Establish temporary holding facilities for safety-net population of striped gecko (Hoplodactylus stephensi) during a mouse eradication programme Project Description: At the request of the Department of Conservation, Auckland Zoo’s Curator of Ectotherms went to Maud Island to provide expertise and practical skills to establish a safety-net population of Cook Strait striped gecko ahead of a programme to eradicate mice from the island. Equipment needs were identified and outlined ahead of the trip and then facilities were set-up on the island. Husbandry training was provided to DOC staff and a husbandry manual was written. Geckos were then collected and established on the island and on-going advice is being provided whilst the animals remain in captivity. Staff hours 2013/14

Staff hours to date

No. of staff 2013/14

No. of staff to date

Project longevity

AZCF project?

60

60

1

1

One-off

No

21. Long-tailed bat monitoring at D’Urville Island Location: D’Urville Island, Marlborough Sounds

Partner Organisation: Department of Conservation

Project Objective: To assist with setting up long-tail bat monitoring and gain experience in survey techniques for bats. Project Description: After presenting on the husbandry of short-tailed bats at Auckland Zoo at the 4th New Zealand Bat Conference, a member of staff had the opportunity to assist with longtailed bat (Chalinolobus tuberculata) fieldwork on D’Urville Island. Activities involved choosing appropriate sites to set traps and deploying and checking automatic bat detectors and harp traps. A single long-tailed bat was caught. Morphometric data was recorded and the animal was banded before being released at the capture site. 106

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Auckland Zoo Field Conservation Report 2013/14  

Auckland Zoo field conservation report - 2013 / 2014

Auckland Zoo Field Conservation Report 2013/14  

Auckland Zoo field conservation report - 2013 / 2014

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