Thursday July 13, 2017
Zoo saddened by the loss of cheetah The Wellington Zoo team were saddened on Friday after the zoo’s eldest cheetah died. Charlie, Wellington Zoo’s 13 year old cheetah was euthanised Friday afternoon after deteriorating health issues could no
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longer be managed. “We had been monitoring Charlie’s health closely over the last few weeks, as he was going off his food periodically and showing signs of abdominal discomfort,” senior veterinarian Baukje Lenting said.
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“Charlie had regular medical examinations as he was affected by chronic pancreatitis and while we had been managing this, Charlie was showing signs that there may be something else going on internally. “Animal welfare is our top priority, and the results following Friday’s procedure showed we were no longer able to maintain Charlie’s quality of life, so the decision to euthanise him was made.” Charlie was born at the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre and was hand reared at Cheetah Outreach in Capetown, South Africa before arriving at Wellington Zoo with his brother Delta in 2005.
“He has been a real character and much loved by everyone at the zoo who has cared for him,” animal care manager Jo Richardson said. “Charlie has been a great ambassador for Wellington Zoo and his species, with thousands of zoo visitors meeting him as part of our Close Encounters programme; which raises awareness about the vulnerability of cheetahs in the wild.” Wellington Zoo ensures its animals are healthy and happy by using the Five Domains of Animal Welfare which assesses the animal’s physical well-being, emotional and mental state, as well as their behavioural and physiological needs.
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The ESOL class at St Catherine’s College with Dan Shanan and their new camera. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe
Students equipped to shoot documentary By Emma McAuliffe
A group of St Catherine’s College students will now be able to make their own documentaries after being presented with a camera last week. English as Second Language Learners at the school were awarded a camera by DocEdge director Dan Shanan for their work around the Docs For Schools programme earlier this year. The students had watched the film #chicagoGirl: The Social Network Takes on a Dictator and then worked around it creating their own citizen journalism film footage and blog entries. Teacher Lisa Lorenzen said the students had got a lot out of seeing the film. “We’ve done a lot of work around social media. “For us this would be a climate change revolution, as all St Catherine’s College girls would be taking the time to do an action around climate change.”
The Panasonic camera was presented to the students on Tuesday, July 4 and the girls immediately started thinking of what they could base their own documentary on. Docs For Schools is part of the annual DocEdge festival held at the Roxy in May. It is a free programme offering screenings of leading documentaries to schools in Wellington and Auckland. Docs For Schools manager Jane Cotty said the programme was now in its second year. “The Docs For Schools programme started last year and this year we saw a huge increase in the number of students attending from Wellington - over 2,500 over a seven day period. “Students were able to view a range of documentaries covering a number of different themes including: bullying, social action, conservation, NZ and WWI and refugees. “The programme aims to engage students with local and global issues,” she said.
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