North Shore Times : January 17th 2013
Animals' kingdom High five: Burma lifts a leg on command. It's a clever trick but also useful for vet checks. Clever clogs: Neena circles Kids Zone team leader Hayley Paul on command. Mission possible: A kea strains to reach an iceblock treat filled with fruit, vegetables and the favourite -- a single nut. Open wide, right: Burma shows off her mouth during a demonstration of her skills at Auckland Zoo. Eye spy, bottom left: A kea checks out a tasty treat hung from a tree by native birds and mammals team leader Tanya Shennan. At ease, bottom right: Carnivores team leader Bruce Murdock shares a moment with a cheetah after a feed of lactose free cat milk. Step inside the Auckland Zoo keepers work hard to keep animals happy and healthy. Many animals are taught basic commands so that health checks by veterinarians are easier. For example Burma the elephant will open her mouth and lift her feet on command. Providing natural experiences like moving hay with another animal's scent on it into their enclosure or giving them branches to eat the leaves off is another common technique. For the keas iceblocks filled with fruit and vegetables are a favourite and the big cats get iceblocks with meat inside. Here are some more photos by chief reporter Liz Willis that capture life for the animals and keepers at Auckland Zoo.
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