Sumatran jungle coming to Auckland Zoo
New exhibit zoo’s single largest development to date
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.