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Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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

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