Life Fitness Cardio Life Fitness Strength Hammer Strength Group Cycling Rowers Certified Refurbished Freeweights Benches & Racks Flooring Life Fitness is the global leader in the fitness…read more
World-first breeding success at Perth Zoo
Perth Zoo's groundbreaking echidna breeding program has produced a further two puggles and another world-first breeding milestone.
Speaking of the Zoo's achievements, Western Australia Environment Minister Bill Marmion said the puggles represented the first successful breeding from zoo-born echidnas and had rewritten the previously accepted facts on the reproduction age of echidnas.
Minister Marmion explained "the puggles were born to four-year-old first-time mothers Mila and Chindi both bred and born at Perth Zoo as part of its breeding program for Short-beaked Echidna.
"Until now, it was believed female echidnas did not breed until the age of five so these latest births have shed new light on echidna reproduction.
"This and other data gathered at Perth Zoo through video surveillance cameras, research and detailed record keeping is uncovering the secrets of echidna behaviour and reproduction.
"This in turn may help conserve the Short-beaked Echidna's endangered cousin, the Long-beaked Echidna, which is facing extinction in the wild in New Guinea.
"Only 24 echidnas have been bred in captivity in Australia and Perth Zoo is proud to have produced eight of these."
Perth's new additions, named Nyingarn (Nyoongar for echidna) and Babbin (Nyoongar for friend), are being housed off-display in the zoo's echidna breeding area. The puggles weighed less than one gram each when they hatched in August and spent their first two months in their mothers' pouch before being deposited in nursery burrows.
Minister Marmion added "keepers have been helping to rear young Babbin in recent weeks as the youngster was a bit slow gaining weight but it's doing well now.
"DNA testing of hair samples will be used to determine the sex of the latest additions. It is hoped they are males as the previous six echidnas born at Perth Zoo were all female."
For more information go to www.perthzoo.wa.gov.au
27th May 2011 - PERTH ZOO TO SHOWCASE INNOVATIVE WATER EFFICIENCY SCHEME
7th April 2011 - ZOO BECOMES HOME TO PERTH’S BIGGEST SOLAR PV SITE
26th November 2010 - WESTERN AUSTRALIAN ENVIRONMENT MINISTER URGES PEOPLE TO ‘REDISCOVER PARKS’
19th May 2010 - WORLD-CLASS CONSERVATION FACILITY AT WHITEMAN PARK
Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?
The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.
However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.
Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.
Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.
Click here to subscribe.
The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.
Polin was founded in Istanbul in 1976, and has since grown into a leading company in the waterparks industry. Today Polin is one of the world leaders in the design, production, and installation of…read more
Also at 3 Squill Place, Arndell Park NSW 2148 ATS are global leaders in altitude training and research. From mask systems and inflatable tents to simulated altitude facilities, we help…read more
iEDM integrate Design, Engineering and Delivery Management services to convert existing spaces into exciting new entertainment venues. Our team consists of highly qualified professionals with diverse…read more
As of the 1st July 2018, Enta Australasia Pty Ltd/Best Union has been rebranded as VIVATICKET Pty Ltd. 19th July 2018 - ENTA AUSTRALASIA REBRANDS AS VIVATICKET 17th October 2016…read more
Ausfit began in 1992, providing software services to the health and fitness sector including ClubWise, a fully hosted web-based product which combines state of the art club management software,…read more
TRP help health clubs, leisure centres and gyms across the globe create happy, loyal members through our user-friendly software which enables effective engagement and the delivery exceptional customer…read more
Links Modular Solutions are a leading provider of high-quality, innovative software solutions for leisure facilities. Our software suite includes modules such as POS, Classes, Members, Facility…read more
get listed with our suppliers directory
Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!