Up close with the animals

01:48, Jul 06 2012
Capuchin monkey
MONKEY BUSINESS: Jazz the capuchin monkey will be one of the many animals on show at Natureland Zoo's Meet and Greet day.

Tahunanui's Natureland Zoo will hold a Meet and Greet day on Saturday with some additional animals brought in.

Operations manager Gail Sutton said the event during the school holidays was to provide something different for visitors and give them some hands-on encounters.

Some of the highlights will include timor ponies, a miniature donkey and horse plus donkey rides.

Grace the rescue turtle will also be on-site. Grace was discovered at the side of the road with a broken shell after being run over. She is now thriving after needing surgery and a fibreglass cast to support her shell while it healed.

Rosie the wallaby will be at Natureland to interact with visitors. Rosie suffered from lumpy jaw and underwent revolutionary hyperbaric chamber treatment to remedy the problem.

Mrs Sutton said: "Staff and volunteers will also bring some of our resident animals, such as rabbits, guinea pigs and goats, out of their exhibits enabling people to have close encounters with these friendly animals. Our daily animal feed presentations will occur as normal. There will also be an opportunity to see a range of Natureland bugs including locusts, mealworms, crickets and katipo spiders.

"We think this event will be great fun and complements the tree planting event with the theme of `bugs on the beach' hosted by the Nelson City Council.''