Pam Mizuno – Zoo Director
What’s News at the Zoo!
On November 4th, we received a very special shipment that was made possible through the help and generosity of FOZ. Christopher Colobus came to us from Louisiana, and Jerry Anteater came from Alabama. Both animals were from other zoos and are now happily living with their new companions Spunky Monkey and Penny Ante.
Have you purchased a mainland Christmas tree this year? The press release, below, from the Hawaii Department of Agriculture on November 27, provides another good reason to BUY LOCAL!
A Hilo resident was transporting a Christmas tree on the rack of his vehicle over the weekend. When he arrived home, he spotted a large lizard on top of the Christmas tree. He was able to capture it and reported the animal to the state’s pest hotline, 643- PEST (7378). Plant Quarantine inspectors from the Hawai`i Department of Agriculture (HDOA) picked up the foot-long lizard Monday morning. Reptile experts at the Honolulu Zoo and the Pana`ewa Rainforest Zoo have identified the lizard as a southern alligator lizard.
HDOA inspectors have traced the origin of the Christmas tree to a shipment from Washington State and conducted follow-up inspections of the remaining Christmas trees from that shipment. No evidence of other alligator lizards was found. Arrangements are currently being made to allow the Pana`ewa Rainforest Zoo to temporarily safeguard the lizard under quarantine conditions for educational purposes.
Southern alligator lizards (Elgaria multicarinata) are native to the U.S. and Mexico and may grow up to two feet in length. Their diet includes various insects, spiders, snails and other lizards.
As you can see from this press release, our newest addition is a Southern Alligator Lizard that hitched a ride on a Northwest Christmas tree bound for Hawaii! So guess what his name is? Zookeeper Karrie came up with the very appropriate name of Douglas!!! Thank you to our zookeeper/reptile expert Kyle for his help in identifying the species and to Karrie for such a catchy name!
Construction on our new FOZ funded ʻAlalā aviary is moving along smoothly and we are all looking forward to the completion of this exciting new exhibit in 2020.
Lastly, after remaining dormant for more than 6 years, our Amorphophallus titanium (Corpse Plant) has come back to life in the form of 3 young vegetative leaves. The single leaf looks like a small palm tree. It will be interesting to watch how they develop in the coming weeks, but because these leaves seem to be young new plants, we don’t expect to see blooms anytime soon. It may be a few years before we have another corpse flower blooming in the zoo.
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