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Zoo News - Volume 40, March 2020

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ANIMAL MAKE A COMMITMENT to buy Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) chocolate at Easter. Shopping consciously this Easter will help protect species such as orang-utans, Asian elephants, gibbons and Sumatran tigers from losing their homes because of unsustainable palm-oil farming. TRY OUR DELICIOUS CHOCOLATE SOUTHERN CORROBOREE FROGS available at the gift shop in white and milk chocolate. You can be sure your purchase is either palm-oil-free or using 100% segregated and traceable Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO). Members receive 15% off everything at the gift shop. Easter treats This long-eared marsupial is the Australian Easter Bunny. Nocturnal animals, they construct deep burrows to sleep in during the day, emerging at night to forage for food (including roots, bulbs and termites). Bilbies are known as Dalgyt in the Yuwaalaraay Aboriginal language of northern NSW or Ninu by the Kiwirrkurra people of Western Australia. They can be found in arid and semi- arid areas of Australia. You can spot them loping around at Healesville Sanctuary. This shy animal is one of five species of monotremes in the world – the four others are different species of echidna. A monotreme is a type of animal that lays soft, yet tough, eggs (similar to those of reptiles) and also feeds its young with milk from nipples (similar to mammals). Platypus generally lay one or two eggs at a time, which take 10 days to hatch – the mother keeps them warm by holding them to her chest. The platypus lives in freshwater systems and creates burrows in riverbanks or under roots and vegetation at the edge of a stream. See the platypus at Melbourne Zoo or Healesville Sanctuary – and don't miss the platypus show Tank Talk every day at 11.15am at Healesville Sanctuary. BILBY These egg-laying omnivores are well known for their elaborate courtship dance – which is performed by both the male and female. At 1m tall (with a wingspan of up to 2.5m) they are one of Australia's largest flying birds. The name brolga originates from the word burralga, which is taken from the Aboriginal language Gamilaraay (central northern NSW). View these spectacular birds at Werribee Open Range Zoo or Healesville Sanctuary. BROLGA PLATYPUS Join the hunt Visit Melbourne Zoo during 10–13 April to join the Members' Dino Egg Hunt. Pick up your dino map, follow the clues and solve puzzles to go into the draw to win eggcellent prizes. The hunt is free for members to join. EGG HEADS AN Aussie Eas t er at the ZOO Did you know that we have our very own native Australian Easter animals that make burrows, lay eggs and hop along? You can think of them as the Easter Bunny's Australian helpers. See them for yourself at Healesville Sanctuary, Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo. 2 0

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