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Woman set for devilish adventure A local woman will travel to Tasmania this month to help release Tasmanian Devils back into the wild. Wellington Zoo Visitor Ranger Anna McKenziePollock will head to Tasmania
to help release a population of the endangered animals back onto the Forestier Peninsula as part of conservation efforts to save Tasmanian Devils from extinction. The Save the Tasmanian
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Anna McKenzie-Pollock with a Tasmanian Devil at Wellington Zoo.
Devil Programme was established in response to the threat of Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD) – a rare and contagious viral cancer that has spread rapidly through wild Tasma n ia n Devil populations, reducing their numbers by approximately 80 per cent. DFTD was detected on the Forestier Peninsula in 2004, and surviving animals were trapped and removed from the area in 2012 to eliminate all traces of the disease. Now, after three years of monitoring the Peninsula, Tasmanian Devils will be reintroduced –in a hope to see them thriving in the wild once more. The Wellington Zoo Conservation Fund allows staff members to work in field conservation projects in New Zealand and overseas to lend their skills where they’re
most needed. Anna is the first Wellington Zoo staff member to travel to Tasmania as part of this initiative. “The Tasmanian Devils that we look after at Wellington Zoo were the first I had ever seen in real life, and as soon as they arrived I found them so endearing and lovable,” she said. “I had read all about DFTD and the decline in their population, and I wanted to do what I could to help the species.” During her time in Tasmania, Anna will help with the actual release, along with preparation like removing infrared cameras from the pre-reintroduction survey and setting up supplementary feeding sites. Anna will be blogging about her devilish adventures at wellingtonzoo.tumblr.com.
Jack celebrates 104 years Continued from page 1 “He has a saying, there are only four things that come from Foxton; fleas, flies, flax and floods,” Richard said. Richard said his grandfather had always been involved in surf lifesaving and was classified as New Zealand’s oldest surf lifesaver. He also helped introduce the ‘swim between the flags’ concept to New Zealand in 1932. Richard also explained how his grandfather owned New Zealand’s first supermarket, ‘Barrats Busy Centre’ in Levin. Richard said it was “an amazing part of New Zealand’s history”. Jack also had three daughters to his first wife and served in the New Zealand Army during WWII where he was based in Foxton. “He has seen a lot, done a lot, travelled the world a lot, and has probably experienced a lot.”
Jack’s 94-year-old girlfriend Priscilla Flipp was among those who helped celebrate his birthday last week. The couple have been dating for a year and Priscilla said it was “fantastic” to find love at her age. Activities co-ordinater at Rita Angus, Linny Uhi, said staff gave Jack a bunch of flowers and a box of chocolate to satisfy his “sweet tooth”. “Jack is the first one to reach 104 in this village, so every year he goes forward we always celebrate.”
Jack Barrat and his girlfriend, Priscilla Flipp, celebrate his birthday.
EVENTS OVER THE LAST 104 YEARS: • The St Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line became the world's first scheduled passenger airline service on January 1, 1914. It operated between St Petersburg and Tampa, both in Florida. • The zipper, colour television, helicopter, the slinky, the PlayStation and iPhones were invented. • Penicillin was discovered in 1928 by Alexander Fleming at St Mary’s Hospital in London. • Neil Armstrong was the first man to land on the moon in July 1969. • The All Blacks have won three Rugby World Cup titles in 1987, 2011 and most recently in 2015.
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