Here at the Zoo, we have threatened endemic taonga species like whio (blue duck), pāteke (brown teal) and kākāriki karaka (orange-fronted parakeet) that are in the middle of the nesting/breeding season as part of vital national recovery programmes.
Loud unpredictable fireworks explosions being let off night and day can cause wild birds to abandon nests. In addition to the potential physical danger to them, these loud noises are often terrifying for domestic, farm, and other Zoo animals we have, like elephants, lions, giraffe, and some of our primates, a number of whom have young offspring.
Through this long and difficult lockdown, many of us have seen the benefits of being out in nature and connecting with local wildlife for our own and our families health, wellbeing, and resilience – be that in surrounding streets, or at our local parks or beach.
“We encourage everyone to continue to enjoy and keep connecting to the wonderful nature around them. With so much new life, both animal and plant, warmer weather and lighter and longer evenings, spring is an awesome time to get out and notice and enjoy nature with your whānau,” says Dr Sarah Thomas, the Zoo’s Head of Conservation Advocacy and Engagement.
“We know most Aucklanders care about the safety and welfare of their own pets and also local wildlife. None of us want to see any animals so massively stressed and frightened that they injure themselves, abandon their babies, or even worse. Given this, we really hope our community will put wildlife first and rather than manufactured fireworks, perhaps check out nature’s own (silent) fireworks - our wondrous sparkly night sky!”