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Staff hours 2013/14

Staff hours to date

136

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Over the months of April, May and June, at total of 738 captive-bred weta were released on to Motuora (366 individuals) and Tiritiri Matangi (372 individuals) Islands. The identification of release sites and associated paperwork were overseen by the Department of Conservation and the captive-breeding, packing, transfer and release of weta were carried out by Auckland’s Ectotherm team. A mixture of instars were released, but they were mostly later (6-10) instars. Larger instars were selected for release onto Tiritiri Matangi Island, in order to increase their chances of survival with the larger bird population on the island. Individual weta were placed in bamboo hides at the zoo before being transported to the islands, where they were attached to trees in areas of suitable habitat. The bamboo hides were collected in over the following weeks once they were deserted by the weta (as they are not often utilised by the species) and can be re-used for future releases. Monitoring of released weta is being carried out by DOC. We currently know that released weta have mated and some adults have survived for at least 6 months. It is anticipated that further releases will take place on the islands during 2014/15. No. of staff No. of staff Project AZCF 2013/14 to date longevity project? First year, Yes 10 10 on-going Category 1

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Profile for Auckland Zoo

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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