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    • Local woman saves adventurous tuatara
      • 25 Feb 2014
      • Zealandia
      • Lorna Borrett was startled to find the tuatara while walking her dog Dobby. She wasn’t sure what it was and phoned her partner Jacob Rosevear. ”I only knew of tuatara through the brand of beer, which Jacob drinks.” “It was kind of a cool experience – there can’t be that many people in the world that have come across a tuatara in the wild,” Ms Borrett said. Lorna immediately alerted Zealandia staff who were quick to the scene. The tuatara was taken to Wellington Zoo’s The Nest Te Kōhanga where it was assessed and admitted for rehabilitation.
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      • Zealandia, Lake Road, Mitchelltown, Highbury, Wellington, Wellington City, Wellington, 6012, New Zealand (OpenStreetMap)


    • Juvenile tuatara to come of age at Zealandia
      • 12 Feb 2014
      • Zealandia
      • It’s Tuatara February at Zealandia. To celebrate, five juvenile tuatara will be released into the sanctuary this evening when they are returned from Victoria University of Wellington’s captive incubation programme. “In the wild, eggs hatch after 12 – 15 months and hatchlings will often emerge when the next season’s eggs are being laid,” explained Zealandia Conservation Manager, Raewyn Empson.
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      • Zealandia, Lake Road, Mitchelltown, Highbury, Wellington, Wellington City, Wellington, 6012, New Zealand (OpenStreetMap)


    • Tuatara ambassadors are ready for the spotlight!
      • 6 Feb 2014
      • Zealandia
      • The tuatara is an ancient reptile with three eyes and no penis. Its ancestors once walked with dinosaurs and it is often called a “living fossil”. We call it a “living treasure”. These strange features are just a few reasons why Zealandia is celebrating this unique species during Tuatara February. By training two ambassador animals to help explain their strange natural history, visitors can get up close and personal or name one of these special creatures. After being brought to Zealandia from Southland Museum, the two tuatara have been in training to help them feel more at ease in human company and comfortable being handled.
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      • Zealandia, Lake Road, Mitchelltown, Highbury, Wellington, Wellington City, Wellington, 6012, New Zealand (OpenStreetMap)


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