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Dischem supports Zoo's animal hospital upgrade
2 February 2016
NEW Killarney resident Dischem has donated medical equipment in support of the Zoo's upcoming veterinary hospital upgrade.

Did you know that the first animal hospital at Joburg Zoo was built in 1936? In the late 1960s a new, modern hospital was built to replace it, and in the 1990s extensive renovations were done to the existing structure.

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With over 500 000 million visitors a year the Johannesburg Zoo is a valuable asset and an ideal destination of choice. The zoo's commitment lies in education, conservation, family recreation and research. Companies have an opportunity to partner up with the zoo and benefit from the exposure to the thousands of visitors who come through our doors each year.

As a non profit recreational attraction we need to sustain and grow our four pillars of business. Your support will help us secure the resources to move forward in maintaining a World Class African Zoo and to

  • Provide the highest standards of animal care
  • Inspire people to appreciate wildlife and the environment
  • Support wildlife conservation and the protection of threatened and endangered species
  • Educate in a unique and stimulating environment


  • A valuable asset, an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums
  • Increase your exposure in this highly-visible organization
  • Build brand equity and increase consumer loyalty
  • Bring public attention to your company's conservation efforts
  • Build your company's reputation as a strong corporate citizen
  • Be associated with strong education and conservation programmes throughout the year

    With corporate funding and newly formed partnerships we plan to maintain world-class standards in the areas of animals, facilities, reproductive biology, veterinary medicine and visitation.
DISH and Douglasdale Dairy donate mosaic art to the zoo

While reading the Killarney Gazette, Lynne Bester who runs a small mosaic company called DISH, came across an article about the zoo’s intention to place pieces of mosaic art around the zoo. As mothers of children who enjoy coming to the zoo, they contacted the zoo with a proposal to install mosaic art in the zoo, however it will be dependant on sponsorships and donations from visitors, schools and businesses. The zoo was eager to begin this project in partnership with DISH and thus began a strong relationship between DISH and the Johannesburg Zoo.


DISH contacted Douglasdale Dairy with a proposal to install mosaic art in the zoo’s farmyard. Riaan Bester, sales and marketing manager at Douglasdale Dairy felt it is a good fit to have the 70 year old proudly Joburg dairy sponsor the mosaic art to the Johannesburg Zoo’s farmyard were cows, sheep and other farm animals are kept. Douglasdale Dairy has sponsored 3 pieces of creative mosaic art worth R15820.00 The art features cows from well known nursery rhymes such as “Hey Diddle Diddle” in English and Afrikaans, a Zulu nursery rhyme “Moo Moo How do you do” and an African version of “Little boy blue” in English.

On the 28th February 2012, DISH installed the 3 pieces of mosaic art. Thanks to this donation visitors can enjoy looking and singing along to these nursery rhymes.

To contribute to this project, please contact: Ioanna on 011 646 2000 (ext: 213)

CEO: JHB Zoo Dr. Stephen van der Spuy, Lara Jordan (curator of birds) and Mr. Francois Kriel (sponsor).

Mr. Francois Kriel,is an avid bird lover. He decided after a recent visit to the Zoo, to contribute the living conditions of some of the birds at the Zoo. He called on friends for support and together they donated the following:
Mr. Francois Kriel from F.K Machine solutions donated a pond, plants and a tool box set to the value of R15 000-00 Mr. Andre Kriel from MW Industrial supplied transport of donated items to the value of R10 000.00 Mr. Vic van Eck supplied plants for the enclosures to the value of R5000-00 Mr. Sean Sullivan from Alexander Tailings supplied 3 types of sand to the value of R35 000.00

Birds such as the 2 Andean Condors housed at the Zoo, are enjoying a luxurious bath in their new pond.

The Johannesburg Zoo wishes to thank Mr. Kriel and partners for their generosity. It is a privilege to meet animal lovers who want to help build the Zoo in to a world class facility with the best possible animal care and enclosures. Thank you so much.

When the Zoo's Pest Control Officer, Ms Xolani Sibuyi went on maternity leave, the Zoo appointed a company to providing all Pest Control Services for the Zoo.The company is called Fumigation Worx.

During their time working at the Zoo, Fumigation Worx Director, Mr Mark Sacks contacted the Zoo to say that they were involved with an Owl Box Project with Bayer Environmental Science, one of their suppliers and he enquired as to whether we would like to become involved with the project and install some owl boxes in the Zoo.

We agreed and were subsequently presented with 6 owl boxes by Fumigation Worx and Bayer. The six owl boxer will be erected and pending their success we have an option of installing 24 more boxes.

The Owl Box Project:

Bayer Environmental Science, CSVC and Coopers Environmental Science Barn Owl Project

The three main goals for the project are:

1. To educate users on correct use of rodenticides
Promote the use of a rodenticide that is effective but with limited threat to predators. Racumin products, multi-feed rodenticides, pose a low risk to owls that might eat a poisoned rat.

Barn Owls will help to control the rodent population together with strategically placed rodenticides. Identifying potential rodent breeding areas, clearing them as well as proper waste management forms an integral part of the integrated rodent control plan.

2. Establish suitable breeding sites for Barn Owls.
Placing nesting boxes in the environment will encourage Barn Owl presence in the area. Improved rodent control is established, which will in turn limit the use of rodenticides.

3. Collect data on the movements and breeding of Barn Owls.
Data will be collected on breeding pairs, chicks hatched and numbers fledged. Chicks will be ringed where possible before fledging and data will be sent to SAFRING. The information will add additional data on Barn Owl movements and longevity.

Internet Service Provider

The Joburg Zoo would like to acknowledge and thank Internet Solutions for there continued support and sponsoring their services as our Internet Service Provider.

The Joburg Zoo would like to thank Jenna and Jack Smithyman for their hard work and dedication in collecting over R400 for the Joburg Zoo. Jenna, 8 years and Jack, 6 years decided they wanted to help the animals at the Joburg Zoo by collecting change. The grand total was many made up of 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent coins. There were even some 1 and 2 cent coins too. Their personal fundraising effort just goes to show that every penny counts and no matter how old you are, you can make a difference in the lives of others.

Congratulations to Jenna and Jack for a job well done!

Red river sand donated to the Johanessburg Zoo.

The Johannesburg Zoo would like to thank Ethelwynne Van Eck for his donation of red river sand used at various places in the zoo. This donation is valued at R30 000.
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