Two of Auckland Zoo’s specialist seal keepers were happy to step in and help our Department of Conservation (DOC) colleagues with one very beautiful marine mammal today (13 July).
With the great support of two local community members, our highly experienced keepers Corryn and Odin safely captured a kekeno (New Zealand fur seal) from Auckland’s Portland Reserve in Remuera and then transported and released it to the quieter coastal habitat of Muriwai.
As these photos/video show, once the door of its transport crate was opened, this kekeno was off in a flash down the beach and into the open ocean to start the next phase of its life. We’re delighted that this could be achieved on the eve of Matariki!
DOC’s Auckland Mainland Acting Operations Manager Molly Hicks says it is common for kekeno to haul themselves up onto land and rest at this time of year, and it normally takes a hands-off approach with the species