Kids to take charge at zoo

Last updated 09:25 21/09/2012
Auckland Zoo
CHILD'S PLAY: Burma the Asian elephant has a snack at Auckland Zoo.

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Children who have ever fancied themselves as zookeepers can test their skills these school holidays.

Auckland Zoo is offering kids the chance to role-play as a keeper, vet and other zoo staff as part of the Replay The Zoo school holiday programme.

"All those kids out there who love watching The Zoo show on television can come and experience a little of what we do, find out why we love it so much, and hopefully be inspired to get involved in animal conservation themselves," said Christine Tintinger, a senior primate keeper and a regular on TVNZ's The Zoo.

At the zoo's vet centre, there will be the opportunity to dress as a vet and have a go at diagnosing what's ailing one of the zoo's red pandas, while children can also role-play taking part in field conservation in New Zealand and Sumatra on the Oragutan viewing platform and the Conservation Centre in Te Wao Nui.

The zoo's keepers, vets and other staff will be on hand to chat and answer questions.

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