Su­ma­tran jun­gle com­ing to Auck­land Zoo

New ex­hibit zoo’s sin­gle largest de­vel­op­ment to date

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The sights, sounds and smells of a trop­i­cal Su­ma­tran rainforest will thrill vis­i­tors at a new precinct be­ing built at Auck­land Zoo. The new South­east Asia de­vel­op­ment will help peo­ple un­der­stand the im­pact of de­for­esta­tion, which is af­fect­ing the habi­tats of species all over the world. In South­east Asia this in­cludes Su­ma­tran tigers, orang­utans, sia­mang gib­bons, and small-clawed ot­ters – species that will fea­ture in the de­vel­op­ment. It will be a first for zoo vis­i­tors, says Zoo Direc­tor Jonathan Wil­cken. “They’ll be able to ex­pe­ri­ence all the sights, sounds and smells of a trop­i­cal Su­ma­tran rainforest with the rich flora and fauna of one of the most bio­di­verse places on earth.” An ex­cit­ing part of the de­vel­op­ment is an $8.4 mil­lion cli­mate-con­trolled build­ing which will house some amaz­ing new species in­clud­ing tomis­toma (a large South­east Asian crocodil­ian species), river tur­tles and fish. Work is due to start in Novem­ber and will take two years to com­plete.

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