News Time to leave the nest
WILDLIFE Habitat has relocated a Black-necked stork to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.
Jewel was caught by the wildlife keepers and sent on an important journey in the hope of establishing another breeding pair of BNS in Australia.
Wildlife Habitat is currently the only zoo successful in breeding this species.
She was named Jewel in June 2013 by local Kim Neele
Hatched on 10 October 2012, her brother Jardine hatched two days earlier. He is still awaiting his relocation to Sydney early next month.
Wildlife Habitat Manager Clare Anderson said Jewel had been learning the ropes from her mum and dad foraging around the wetlands.
‘‘It has been quite a spectacle with James and Jabbie (the mum and dad), Jewel and Jardine and their 2 younger siblings since September 2013, as all of them have been on display in the wetlands,’’ she said.
‘‘We are very excited to see that our success of breeding these birds will hopefully aid other zoos and wildlife parks to be able to achieve the same success.’’
Staff were pleased to hear of her safe arrival at Currumbin where she has since met a potential male suitor.
A lot of planning went into the transport of an animal of this size due to the size of the crate required to send such an animal and ensuring her health and wellbeing is considered at all times. Temperatures/ stress levels/ box sizes/ planes that can fit the box/ custom built box to fit a stork as you cant just go to the pet shop to purchase a stork transport box/ padding and comfort for the animal.
There are still five storks in the wetlands at Wildlife Habitat that can still be seen.
SAYING GOODBYE: Jewel with her carers Bruce Alexander and Remy Wilson