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Media Release

Adelaide Zoo is mourning the loss of its Sumatran Orangutan infant that passed away. Zoo staff are extremely saddened by the loss as the infant's passing marks a heartbreaking end to a celebrated pregnancy.

Zoos SA Senior Veterinarian, Ian Smith, says the exact cause of death is unknown at this time, however initial observations indicate the infant was stillborn.

"Similar to humans, complications at birth or within a few days after birth are not unusual for Great Apes, however, unlike human births, there is less opportunity for medical intervention," Dr Smith said.

"The exact cause of death is unknown at this point as the infant is still with Karta, however this will be determined in the coming days when we are able to perform a full veterinary investigation."

Adelaide Zoo primate keepers advise Karta and her mate Kluet are in good health and will continue to assist the pair in their recovery and throughout the mourning period.

"As is the case for many primate species, it is essential Karta and Kluet are given the appropriate time and space to mourn the loss of their infant.

"Our main concern now is to ensure the pair has the necessary support to help them through this period and to make sure they feel comfortable and secure."

In the coming days the Veterinary Team expect to perform a post-mortem on the infant to determine the exact cause of death. Karta and Kluet will remain in their night quarters until further notice.

The community is welcome to leave messages of condolence for Karta, Kluet and staff on the Adelaide Zoo Facebook page.

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Preparations are underway at Adelaide Zoo to celebrate the 20th birthday of a special feline friend, Kemiri the Sumatran Tiger.

The birthday girl, who turns 20 on Tuesday 18 November, will be treated to an array of birthday presents a few days early to coincide with Westpac Animal Play Day on Saturday 15 November.

Adelaide Zoo Carnivore Keeper, Matt Daley says that since Kemiri's arrival at Adelaide Zoo in 1997 as a three year old, she's been delighting zoo staff and visitors alike.

"Kemiri was hand reared at Taronga Zoo as her mother was not feeding her effectively and as a result she has a very special relationship with zoo keepers," Matt said.


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Spring has truly sprung at Adelaide Zoo, with an abundance of natural flora and fauna in full bloom along with a string of cute spring babies!

The Tamarin House in particular has seen a spike in residents, including the birth of one of the world’s smallest monkeys, a Pygmy Marmoset, as well as a set of endangered Golden Lion Tamarin twins.

Adelaide Zoo Primate Keeper, Mandy Smith say it’s both an exciting and busy time for the primate team looking after the tiny arrivals as well as preparing for the birth of Karta, a Sumatran Orangutan in the coming weeks.

“Both sets of monkeys and their family groups are thriving, it’s always lovely to see how each family welcomes and adjusts to life with new infants,” Mandy said.


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Adelaide Zoo and its animal residents are gearing up for some spooky fun come Halloween night as the zoo's popular celebration, Boo at the Zoo, gets set to be wicked fun for the whole family.

On Friday 31 October, Adelaide Zoo will transform into a festive and not too scary Halloween destination for families, an event that drew more than 3,500 visitors last year.

At the sold out event, ghoulish guests will enjoy a children's trick-or-treat trail, a series of special Halloween themed animal presentations, giveaways and much more!

Adelaide Zoo Events Coordinator, Ebony Priest says Halloween tends to cater to those looking for bone chilling frights, however families with young children are now on the hunt for safe and family friendly options to celebrate the spooky day.

"Like so many of our special events, Boo at the Zoo has been designed to cater to families, and in this case, to turn a usually frightening event into family friendly mischief - it's a great excuse to experience the zoo in a different way," Ebony said.

"I have no doubt the population of bears, tigers and monkeys will double at Adelaide Zoo on Halloween, as children and parents alike are encouraged to dress the part – whether scary or sweet.

"Although the animals are still the stars of the show, this year's wicked fun includes seven trick-or-treat stations, more refreshments and bigger, thrilling entertainment transforming the zoo into an experience like no other!"

Zoo keepers have also been busy brewing spooky tricks and treats so the animals can join in the Halloween fun too. Ghoulish guests will be treated to a jam-packed Halloween enrichment schedule as Adelaide Zoo residents chow down on pumpkins and use the ghoulish décor to strike an adorable pose.

More thrills will be had as guests see the tigers tear into Halloween enrichment treats, meerkats scurry across a haunted pumpkin patch and coatis tuck into carved Jack-o-Lantern pumpkins stuffed with treats.

Adelaide Zoo will close early for regular daytime visitors at 3:30pm on Friday 31 October to transform the zoo into a haunted Halloween spook-tacular. A series of specially themed zones will complete the ghoulish décor including a creepy graveyard, witches den and a haunted house.

Boo at the Zoo kicks off at 4pm with final entry at 6pm. This is a sold out event and tickets will not be sold at the gate on the night.

Join in the mischief Halloween night! Ticket holders can find more information on the Adelaide Zoo website.

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With winter behind us, Adelaide and Monarto Zoos are inviting visitors to celebrate the changing seasons during the spring school holidays.

Visitors will explore the beautiful surroundings of both zoos and learn handy hints on how to transform their gardens at home to attract more native birds and animals as well as participate in fun nature-themed activities each day.

One lucky visitor will take home a gardening voucher package valued at $900 thanks to the teams at Golden Grove, Peats Soil, Garden Supplies and Neutrog. Through completing a special activity trail, children will also go in the draw to win their very own gardening package, perfect for little budding green thumbs!

Learn more about some of the unique and heritage plant life at Adelaide Zoo on the free walkabout tours and take a self-guided walk along the many walking tracks at Monarto Zoo to see some of the hidden gems that are a part of the zoo landscape.

Adelaide Zoo Acting Senior Panda Keeper, Lucy Catt says that spring is a great time to get out and visit the zoo.

"With the beautiful weather forecasted for spring, what better time to get out of the house, and come to the zoo! With the warmer weather and longer days, many of the zoo animals become very active and are great to watch," Lucy said.

Special keeper presentations will focus on how the spring weather awakens our animals and extra 'Meet the Keeper' sessions will allow visitors to interaction with those responsible for caring for the animals and provide an opportunity to ask questions.

So come out of hibernation these spring holidays and explore the green surrounds of our beautiful zoos!

For more information on the spring school holiday program, including all activity dates and times please head to the Zoos SA website.

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