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Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo honoured at the National Business Awards


Outpaced only by trophy winner Mintek, Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo was lauded with the Highly Commended Award in the Top Performing Public Service category, at the 15th annual National Business Awards on 16 September.



JCPZ’s’s achievement at the renowned “Oscars of South African business” resulted from the unanimous verdict of the awards’ Judges, a collective of industry heavyweights. There to hear the accolade announced were a host of business & government leaders, VIPs and media representatives. Also watching, via live social media updates, were thousands of South Africans whose engagement kept the awards trending for several hours.


Recent achievements include the City of Joburg being named the Greenest City in the 2017 national awards by the Department of Environmental Affairs and achieving its first clean audit for the 2016/17 Financial Year.


Commenting on the accolade, acting Managing Director Bukelwa Njingolo said, “We are extremely proud to be acknowledged with the Highly Commended award, especially given the calibre of the organisations we were up against in the Public Sector category. I would like to thank the judges for recognising our level of commitment to the people and natural resources of Africa’s greatest city. The certificate belongs to all our citizens in Joburg, and provides a motivational boost to keep putting our all into the green heart of Joburg.”


Top Media CEO Ralf Fletcher, who gave the evening’s Welcome Address, commended the achievement of the night’s finalists and winners, saying that “In my 20 years of immersion in the science of business performance recognition, I have seldom seen such a powerhouse collective of innovators, job creators and drivers of the economy all together on the same roster. Tonight has only deepened my belief in the global competitiveness and drive in evidence across our economy’s primary, secondary and tertiary sectors. I can’t wait to see what this year’s National Business Awards champions will do next.”



JCPZ’slatest pride – Short Road Park – to be launched on Thursday, 26 October


Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) is continuing to green the City through the development and upgrading of parks and facilities as part of its capital projects. Our latest “show off” is a new charming little park, called Short Road Park.



This gem is part of the Paterson Park Precinct in Norwood, in which the City invested R2million and will be handed over to the community on 26 October 2017.


The 1 hectare park was previously enclosed by bamboo and lots of dumping occurred due to this location. Now, after work has been done, it has a storm water harvesting system – ideal for harvesting due to its shallow water table and water from the surrounding areas. This system includes bio-swale and 4 underground tanks, from which the harvested water will be used to irrigate the park.


Playground equipment has been stalled for toddlers with safe rubberized surfaces and a hop scotch pattern to help them learn about balancing. The park also has durable concrete benches that serve a dual purpose of flower beds.


Adults will be drawn to the park by the 6 braai areas and outdoor gym equipment. Bright colours in the activity areas enhance the vibrant park and welcome young and old to enjoy the great outdoors in Joburg!


Safety is a priority and four solar lights and three new pedestrian gates were installed.


Not only will the immediate community benefit from Short Road Park; upgrading the park involved 15 SMMEs and created 12 EPWP jobs.


Thursday, 5 October 2017
For immediate release
Residents in Joburg cautioned regarding the outbreak of the Avian Influenza (H5N8)

The City of Joburg has been affected by the global outbreak of the Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N8 strain that was first detected in Europe and Asia. The seasonal migration of free roaming birds have aided in the spread of the virus. This is evident in various parts of the country including in the City of Joburg, around the Westdene Dam, Emmarentia Dam, Zoo Lake and the Joburg Zoo.

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo would like to allay resident’s concerns. The H5N8 strain prevalent in Joburg, is not contagious to human beings.

There is no cause for concern regarding the spread of the disease to citizens, however as per the City’s standard cautionary advice, residents are urged to take the necessary precautions, by:

1. Refrain from handling or making contact with sick or dead birds;

2. Do not attempt to feed wild birds or resuscitate sick birds;

3. Report sightings of sick or dead birds to Joburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) on 011 712-6600. A team is on standby to assist with the removal of diseased birds which are being incinerated, and

4. Ensure that all poultry produce is properly cooked

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo has recovered over 581 carcasses and has incinerated a further 243 chicks and 110 deserted eggs. The Joburg Zoo is also exercising the necessary caution as per the Office of the State Veterinarian to ensure that the valuable collection of vulnerable species, continue to be protected as per the biosecurity measures put in place by the State Vet, at the Joburg Zoo.

The Joburg Zoo remains open to visitors who will need to use the footbaths with disinfectant at the exits. Vehicles exiting from inside the Zoo are being sprayed as well and employees leaving the Zoo are also requested to comply with the daily quarantine measures put in place to contain the spread of the Avian Influenza.

Symptoms in birds include a combination of respiratory problems, or diarrhoea followed by rapid death. All dead birds are being incinerated and are being handled as per strict health and safety regulations.

Residents, who have concerns, may direct their enquiries to jcp@jhbcityparks.com or call 011 712-6600 or report sightings after hours to 082 906 1515.

Issued on behalf of the

Councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba

Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development City of Joburg


Notice: Please note that Johannesburg Zoo will be closed on the 3rd September 2017 due to the Jazz on the Lake Festival at Zoo Lake.

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Johannesburg Zoo Parkade is OPEN
20 July 2017

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Every year the Johannesburg Zoo visitor numbers increased to such an extent that parking became an urgency to alleviate the impact on residents as well as to ensure safety for zoo visitors. The Johannesburg Zoo’s R45 million parking building is expected to provide easier access for visitors coming by car to the zoo.


The Zoo three storey parkade was designed to accommodate 710 cars and 15 buses. Special needs, parents with prams and wheelchair parking is available on the ground floor.


City of Joburg supplied the funding for the parkade in 2014 to the value of R45 million. The project started in 2014 and completed in 2017.


Visitors will be relieved from illegal car guards. Spill over parking on very busy days will still be able to utilise the Distong Museum of Military history parking as well as other parking areas on Erlswold Way and Jan Smuts.


The intention is to grow visitor numbers to 800 000 per annum.

Parking fees:
Buses R25
Cars R15


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Mandela Day: Service with Pride and ways to get involved
14 July 2017

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No matter how small your action, Mandela Day is about changing the world for the better, just as Nelson Mandela did every day.


What are you doing to make the world a better place?


Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) celebrates International Nelson Mandela Day 18 July every year since inception and this year we are taking action against poverty by providing services and time to much needed areas in all regions.


Mandela Day Activities:


Region A – planting 80 indigenous trees at Barbeque Downs in Midrand


Region B – beautifying the grounds at Helen Joseph Hospital, in partnership with Soccer Legends. Establishing a memorial garden, installing paving, benches, bins and painting the railings.


The Johannesburg Zoo – 300 children from Cotlands and 80 caregivers will be doing a clean-up at the zoo, a talent contest and educational awareness.


COAPE SA plans to create animal enrichment toys and props with Volunteers.


Region C – Development of a food garden and cleaning at Itumeleng Educare Centre


Region D – (17 July 2017) Announcement of the declaration of Nelson Mandela Champion Tree, the one he planted at Thokoza Park on his 90th birthday. The park has been declared a heritage resource. Commemorating the day with the Nelson Mandela Foundation at Thokoza Park Soweto.


In partnership with CRUM, JRA, Environmental Health, JCPZ will be refurbishing a food garden, doing tree pruning, painting classrooms and installing a wheelchair ramp at Adelaide Tambo Primary School.


Region E – Harvest for Madiba, distribution of fresh veggies produced at Huddle Park Nursery to old age home.


Region F - In partnership with Radio 2000, we will be feeding the homeless and distributing blankets at Joubert Park. Building a small park in partnership with JRA and Pikitup. Four pieces of play equipment, trees and park benches will be installed at Vrede and Rus Street Vrededorp. Jan Hofmeyer Old Age Home grass cutting and cleaning the home. General clean up with JCPZ and community at Rhodes Park. Jan Hofmeyer Old Age Home grass cutting and cleaning the home.


Region G – Joint clean up with CRUM. Civic Engineering has sponsored the activities at Ikhaya Lethemba Home for the Aged in Orange Farm. The activities include: fixing a leaking roof, installing a ceiling, removing existing paint inside and outside the building, tiling, installing four new toilets, installing two showers, fixing and replacing ten doors, fix the electrical reticulation, fix plumbing, add ten new beds, chest of draws and chairs, fix or replace the stove, buy a washing machine and install kitchen furniture. JCPZ will revive the existing food garden, plant fruit and ornamental trees. The team will also prune trees, paint the building outside and installing park benches.Jan Hofmeyer Old Age Home grass cutting and cleaning the home. Planting 50 fruit trees at Nirvana Retirement Home in Lenasia


Cemeteries and Crematoria – will be cleaning up Avalon Cemetery heritage sites.


Head Office staff – knitting scarves that will be distributed to Ikhaya Lethemba Home for the Aged in Orange Farm.


If you would like to get involved or for more information please contact us 011 712 6600 or email jcp@jhbcityparks.com


As the world reflects on Nelson Mandela’s legacy, we give thanks for his life, his leadership and his devotion to humanity and to humanitarian causes.


Positive change was the gift left to all of us by Nelson Mandela but it can only become a living legacy if we take up his challenge and make Everyday a Mandela Day.


#JoburgMandelaDay #MandelaDay #ActionAgainstPoverty


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Animal enrichment programme at the Joburg Zoo
14 July 2017

Mokoko

COAPE SA have partnered with Joburg Zoo in South Africa to implement an enrichment programme for all the animals and bird in their care. COAPE SA offer courses on animal behaviour and training. COAPE SA and Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo have signed a five year partnership to assist, create and implement enrichment activities for the animals at the zoo. During this five year partnership the aim is to create stunning engaging and stimulating exhibits for all animals.

Karin Pienaar from COAPE SA has started working with Mokoko the gorilla and his keepers Katherine and Sharon, training him by using a clicker as a form of enrichment. “He is responding really well and enjoys his training sessions tremendously” says Karin. The team will also use clicker training to teach him to cooperate during medical examinations, to eliminate any stress that could occur during the process.

More about the project watch this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1NMmfEW1DA





A wonderful donation for Mokoko the Gorilla!
13 July 2017

COAPE SA and Johannesburg Zoo would like to give a really big Gorilla sized thank you to Liz Williamson from CATS Accounting in Rondebosch for their donation of a guitar and a Tablet for Mokoko the Gorilla! The tablet and guitar forms part of the Enrichment Program specifically designed for Mokoko, and will be used to encourage play behaviours. Keep an eye out for the videos of Mokoko learning to use them on the YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVws488VqxE8--LmiWcKnjQ





Hollard sponsors Baobabs for Ring Tail Lemurs at the Zoo
6 June 2017

Hollard’s Corporate Social Investment has kindly paid for two large Baobab-shaped tree structures installed at the Madagascar section of the Johannesburg Zoo, where Hollard Volunteers also helped to clear the enclosure. The Ring-Tailed Lemurs are the lucky recipients of this innovative climbing structure that combines lemur welfare and conservation with play.


The ring-tailed Lemur is the most iconic lemur species of Madagascar. They are easily identified by their distinctive black and white striped tail which gives them their name. In the wild, lemurs would be found in the mid canopy of the trees. To allow them to mimic this natural behaviour, their enclosure is designed with large Baobab structures with ropes connected to different areas. The lemurs use these ropes and branches to move around their enclosure, promoting exercise and demonstrating their natural climbing and jumping abilities when doing so.


Katherine Visser, the Primate Curator at the Johannesburg Zoo, expressed her appreciation to Hollard and the contractor that built the Baobab structures.







Hindu Prayer Festival
6 April 2017

The Hindu Prayer Festival will be taking place at the Memorial War Museum from 15 to 23 April.


The parking for the Jhb Zoo visitors will not be available during this period.


Visitors are advised to use alternative parking at, CID, Jan Smuts and Zoo Lake.






Animals of the Amazon Exhibit
4 April 2017

Take a glimpse into the world of fauna from the Amazon Basin when visiting Joburg Zoo's Animal of the Amazon Exhibit. The building design is based on the historic Mayan temples of Central America, and consists of 2 floors of exhibit, with the 3rd level being an observation deck.The exhibit houses an impressive collection of animals from Central and South America, ranging from large predators to small animals, consisting of: reptiles, arachnids, amphibians, fishes and mammals. At least 2 of the "terrifying creatures of the Amazon river", Arapima and pacu is amongst the collection. The exhibit has a walk-through tunnel, housing fresh water fish and it brings the exciting biodiversity of the Amazon Rainforest to many South Africans who would never be able to visit such natural habitats. The exhibit also highlights the beauty of each of the species found within that habitat, their needs and to create awareness of habitat destruction and loss of biodiversity.


Reptiles
A huge diversity of reptiles can be found in the Amazon Rainforest, most are primarily carnivores whilst others are herbivores .The zoo's collection consists of the following species of snakes 4 Boa species, Boa Constrictor, Amazon tree boa, Brazilian Rainbow Boa, Columbia Rainbow Boa, Red tailed boa and Yellow anaconda . Boa are the most famous snakes in the world, with Anacondas being one of the most dangerous, the largest and heaviest snake in the world, weighing up to 95 kg and 5-7 m long. Other snakes such as Milk Honduran, Snake False water Cobra can also be found in the Exhibit.


Lizards
At least 2 lizard species are amongst the Zoo's collection one of them being the Gila Monster Green, which is one of the largest and venomous lizards in the US and Iguanas.


Frogs
Wildly coloured and toxic are poison dart frogs; their poison can easily paralyse any animal. Their bright colours serve to warn predators to stay safely away. Golden Poison Dart Frog, Yellow banded dart frog, Dyeing Dart Frog, Amazon poison dart frog, Black and Green Dart Frog, Blue Dart Frog, Dart Strawberry are amongst the few frogs that can be found in the exhibit.


Fish
Myriad fresh water fish species ranging from the largest Arapaima, which is approximately 450 centimeters long and weighs about 200 kg are housed in the exhibit. Also Pacu, an omnivore related to the famous Piranha and has human-like teeth, known from fishing story joke as "testicle-eating" fish is amongst the collection. Freshwater stingray, Red tailed Catfish Piraiba Catfish - known to be the largest catfish of the Amazon river, Red Hump Earth Eater, Jack Demsey, Oscar Chichild - very aggressive fish which will actively defend its territory, Bronze Corydoras - have a mild poison which causes fish which try to attack them to get stung, Altum Angel - considered the most peaceful of all angelfish species, Discus- derives its name from its body shape, which is round and compressed like a disc and Amazon Leaf Fish- the fish is camouflaged to mimic a dead leaf, both in body shape and pattern. It can change colour to match its surroundings and has a projection from its bottom lip that resembles a leaf stalk.


Spider species
Very interesting species of spiders are housed in the exhibit including one of the largest spiders, often cited as 2nd or 3rd in the world, Bird eater. Various species of tarantula such as Curly hair tarantula, Mexican Red Knee and Green Bottle Blue - one of the most colourful tarantulas in the world are amongst the collection. Bright blue legs, metallic blue green carapace and orange abdominal hair, Chilean Common Tarantula, Mexican Flame Knee tarantula, white striped bird eater and Costa Rican tiger rump


Mammal Species
2 mammal species, Selba Short-tailed bat and Emperor Tamarin are housed in the exhibit.






Joburg Zoo Hospital gets a R4.8-million makeover
23 March 2017

The City of Johannesburg's Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development, Cllr Nonhlanhla Sifumba, on Wednesday March 15 officially unveiled the new-look Johannesburg Zoo's animal hospital, which has been revamped at a cost of R4.8-million. The refurbished hospital, which has enhanced the zoo's service offerings, has a much larger operating theatre and a public observation area. The facility will also serve as a valuable educational asset for medical students, zoo keepers and members of the public without compromising the sterility of the environment. The makeover is part of a R50-million City investment in the Johannesburg Zoo that includes the construction of a multi-storey parkade, maintenance and upgrading of existing enclosures and the acquisition of new animals to enhance visitor experience. 'Not only does the revamp of the zoo hospital enhance the scope of the services offered at the facility, but it also further entrenches it as a leader in conservation research and education,' said Cllr Sifumba. The revamp has also enhanced the aesthetics of the once bleak-looking hospital. It now also includes a new specialised doorway to reduce the risk of sick animals escaping. Cllr Sifumba said the extension of the facility was also necessitated by the increased demand on the hospital as the zoo grew over the years. The zoo currently accommodates 365 animal species, including the big five, a phenomenal increase compared with just 10 animals, including two lions and a leopard, it had when it was established in 1904. 'The acquisition of new animals, coupled with the successful reproduction rates at the zoo and the need for increased conservation and animal welfare of endangered species, has accelerated the need for rapid medical response. However, the space to operate from became a major challenge,' said the MMC. She said while the revamp had enhanced the hospital's service offerings, there was a growing need to replace and upgrade aging medical equipment to make it a truly state-of-the-art facility. 'The upgrading of the zoo hospital is a vital step in ensuring that the animals in our care are afforded the necessary medical services in a safe, healthy and caring environment. 'To ensure we deliver and strive to provide our animals with the best veterinary care and treatment available, I appeal to members of the public and business within the medical fraternity to please donate specialised equipment to further enhance operations at the Joburg Zoo Hospital,' said Cllr Sifumba.






Joburg Zoo's Letaba the Lion given a clean bill of health
16 February 2017

He may appear lean and shabby but Letaba the White Lion, a resident of the Johannesburg Zoo, is in 'excellent health', despite serious concerns raised by members of the public. Associate Veterinarian Dr Kresen Pillay says the zoo was contacted by a National Inspector at the Wildlife Protection Unit of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) inquiring about Letaba's health status after a member of the public raised concerns about him appearing 'underfed'. 'Despite his physical appearance, Letaba is in excellent health, with a great appetite,' comments Dr Pillay. He says Letaba's 'appetite is extremely healthy and he is fed 1.5 times more food than the equivalent-aged male lion'. He explains that white lions carry a recessive gene that gives them their appearance. But as a result of inbreeding for profit operations, genetic defects are often present in white lions. 'Letaba shows a scoliosis and kyphosis deformation of his spine. However, he has had several health G-checks to assess the degree of deformation as well as obtain benchmark radiographs for future monitoring and receives ongoing care by the zoo staff. 'Letaba has also been assessed for pain and discomfort and has not shown any signs of this and is currently on joint supplements and daily monitoring,' says Dr Pillay. 'We will continue to treat him with the outmost care and give him the greatest quality of life,' says Dr Pillay. Letaba's distinctive coat and lackadaisical stride has made him a firm favourite with visitors to the Johannesburg Zoo following his arrival at the zoo in August 2014. He was born with sisters Sabi and Jubba at a private game farm in April 2014. The trio were later donated to the Johannesburg Zoo. Sabi and Jubba do not carry the recessive gene that gives Letaba his colour coat.






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February 2017

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Contact Leesel Van Louw on 011 646 2000x2241 or email leesel.vanlouw@jhbzoo.org.za
Or contact Christine Ngobeni on 011646 2000 x 2240 or email cngobeni@jhbcityparks.com








New Zoo Parkade
February 2017

Visitors to the Johannesburg Zoo can look forward to a multi-story car park that is nearing completion. Half a million visitors are welcomed to the zoo each year and parking space became inadequate, people resorted to parking along streets in the neighbourhood, often blocking driveways especially over weekends. The shortage of parking space had also led to an increase in the number of informal car guards and vehicle break-ins. Construction on the new parkade began in July 2015. The project was temporarily halted midway when contractors discovered an historic refuse heap on the construction site. Over R17 million was allocated for the first phase of construction, a further R20 million will be spent on the second phase, which is scheduled for completion in November 2017. The multi-million rand parkade will consist of a parking deck for over 600 vehicles and parking will initially cost R15 a day. Visitors can park at alternative parking areas; Military Museum or Erlswold Way entrance whilst construction forges ahead.








Joburg Zoo welcomes three new tiger cubs
September 2016

It’s not an everyday phenomenon that you get to meet a Siberian tiger cub up close and personal but at the Joburg Zoo, we make those every day little miracles happen.

We are proud to introduce to you our four new adorable pounces. These playful parent-reared cubs were born at the Zoo on 25 April 2016 and closely monitored by our zoo staff during the winter season. As we welcome spring, the cubs are now ready to discover the world. Siberian Tigers are listed as endangered animals on IUCN’s red list due to the terrible surge of poaching and habitat loss.

“We are passionate about all the animals in our care here at the zoo, our successful breeding programmes go a long way in ensuring the survival of these big cats in captivity.” said Agnes Maluleke, curator for carnivores. The Siberian Tiger and Bengal Tiger subspecies rank among the biggest living cats. An average adult Siberian Tiger outweighs an average adult male lion by 45.5kg.

Siberian Tigers are also known as Amur Tigers, they mate at any time of the year. Gestation lasts 3 to 3 ½ months. Litter size is normally two or four cubs but there can be as much as six. The cubs are born blind and stay with their mother until three months when they become interested in eating meat. The males will reach sexual maturity at the age of 48 to 60 months. Adopt on or all of our tiger cubs and contribute to our conservation programme.

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Donation of dart gun by Global Supplies
July 2016

Global Supplies has been at the cutting edge of delivering top class products and services to the wildlife industry for the last 16 years. Together with Pneu-Dart they have generously donated an X-Caliber CO2 Projector to the Johannesburg Zoo. 'This system is a leader by a long way and definitely the most widely used darting system in Africa.' says JJ van Altena.



JJ van Altena, Director of Global Supplies, presented the veterinary team with the prized rifle and reiterated the enthusiasm in given the opportunity to partner with the Zoo.



Pneu-Dart's most recent innovation ' the X-Caliber ' is the most attractive and practical gas based dart projector ever built. Altena states that the X-Caliber, has become a favourite for those seeking a versatile, pressure-gauged full volume dump, lightweight projector without sacrificing range or accuracy.

The benefits of the X-Caliber are that it is quiet, dart ranges are the greatest and the most accurate, it is also the most affordable on a per shot basis.

Dr Kresen Pillay the zoo's vet said that he is very impressed with the rifle and that it will assist with the darting of tricky animals like the wild dogs.

Ioanna Karamitsos the fundraiser thanked JJ van Altena and team for the kind donation, 'this is one of the key pieces of equipment that we needed at the newly renovated, state of the art animal hospital.'

To donate to the animal hospital please contact Ioanna Telephone: 011 646 2000 ext 2242





Join City Parks in celebrating wetlands for our future
8 February 2016

International Wetlands Day is celebrated internationally every February to create awareness about the importance of wetlands to our environment.



Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo will be hosting two events around wetlands this month:

  • On 18 February, learners, officials and residents of Dobsonville will gather at Dorothy Nyembe Park in Soweto to clean up the wetlands and learn about their uses. Alien Invasive species will also be removed along the waterway to ensure natural flow.
  • On 26 February, learners have been invited to the Zoo to learn about wetland animals.

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Joburg Zoo's wetland system purifies Zoo Lake water
Tuesday, 17 November 2015
JOBURG ZOO'S innovative wetland system not only hosts a large number of bird species that are sensitive to climate-related changes - it also serves as the Zoo's own water purification project.

Comprising a graded series of tanks and reed formations, the Zoo's wetland system plays a major role in cleansing water from two tributaries of the Braamfontein Spruit before it flows into Zoo Lake on the other side of Jan Smuts Avenue and beyond.

The two tributaries, one coming from the south and the other from the east, merge at the Zoo, carrying large amounts of dirt and pollution. The purpose-built wetland system purifies this firstly by means of a sieve tank for catching large pollutants and a catchment tank for smaller pollutants, which sink to the bottom and are pumped out into the City's sewer system.

The partially cleansed water then flows through three wetland reed bed ponds planted in row formation to maximize the natural biological filtration process, and through gravel layers to filter it further. Fish and bacteria have also been released to feed off the nutrients in the water.

The beauty of the system is that, besides purifying the water, it attracts birds, insects and other wildlife. A large number of free-flying birds have settled in the area, creating a fantastic display for Zoo visitors while augmenting the Zoo's extensive resident bird collection, which includes a large number of water fowl, cranes and storks.

The Zoo's next project will be to redirect the flow of some of the water back into the Zoo, helping to #savewater by cutting back on the Zoo's consumption of water supplied by the City.






Zoo voted Joburg's No. 1 family outing
Tuesday, 11 November 2014
JOHANNESBURG Zoo has got the big thumbs-up from The Star readers, being voted No. 1 in the Best Family Outing category in the newspaper's annual Your Choice competition.

Run over a period of six weeks, the competition gave readers the opportunity to cast their votes in two ballots for their favourite services and businesses across a wide range of categories.

In Johannesburg, the Zoo took the Family Outing honours, with especially strong scores for customer service, customer needs and wants satisfaction, and public exposure resulting in a vote of confidence from customers and stakeholders within the business.

Covering 55 hectares across the road from Zoo Lake in the leafy suburb of Parkview, Joburg Zoo houses over 320 species totalling around 2 000 animals.

The facility is open to the public 364 days a year, including the Christmas, New Years and Easter holidays, and hosts a busy schedule of day and night tours, school holiday programmes and other regular events for the public.






Mothers have a ball at the Joburg Zoo

Kaya FM's first-ever Mother's Day Concert at the Johannesburg Zoo yesterday ' featuring award-winning Lira and other highly talented musicians ' was a runaway success, with more than 15 000 people from all corners of the city attending

Read the complete article here.





The Joburg Zoo to the rescue of 6 crocodiles

The Johannesburg Zoo has been called to assist with the accommodation of 6 crocodiles. The Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (GDARD) together with the Green Scorpions confiscated 6 crocodiles from an owner that housed them without a proper permit. The crocodiles will be kept at the Zoos quarantine area until a suitable location can be found for them. The zoo has experience in capturing and housing crocodiles, particularly during cooler temperatures. The crocodiles will be medically assessed and treated.

The owner appears in court on Tuesday 28 April 2015.

The Joburg Zoo to the rescue of 6 crocodiles




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