Student jumps tiger fence at zoo
‘‘The student's family were contacted immediately and the matter is being followed up by the school as per normal school procedure.’’
Auckland Zoo is reviewing its safety guidelines after a 14-yearold schoolboy climbed a tiger viewing barrier to retrieve a lost item.
The incident, last week, happened when the student from One Tree Hill College climbed over the outer visitor barrier.
‘‘A zoo volunteer, who saw the student doing this, instructed him to come back over the barrier immediately, which he did,’’ a zoo spokeswoman said. of the trip and the principal of the school were all spoken to by the zoo’s education manager.
‘‘The student was remorseful and acknowledged his wrongdoing before being removed from the zoo and taken back to his school,’’ the spokeswoman said. She said the boy was never in any danger as there was another fence between he and the Sumatran tigers.
Auckland Zoo is now reviewing visitor supervision levels. Kevin Buley, the director of Life Sciences at the zoo, said the safety of their visitors is absolutely paramount.