Zoo

Decision to be made today about Mustard

The fu­ture of Mus­tard, the al­bi­no python who bit zookeep­er Wal­ter Bonyun on Thurs­day af­ter­noon, is to be dis­cussed at a meet­ing this morn­ing where a de­ci­sion will be made on whether she will con­tin­ue to be one of the zoo's am­bas­sadors. This was con­firmed to the Guardian Me­dia a short while ago by the zoo's cu­ra­tor Nir­mal Bip­tah.

For sev­er­al years Mus­tard has been part of the pet­ting zoo and ex­hi­bi­tion cross coun­try where chil­dren and adults are al­lowed to touch her, hold her and take pho­tographs with her.

Snake attacks zookeeper

Zookeeper Walter Bonyun was bitten by the Emperor Valley Zoo's Albino Phyton during feeding time on Thursday afternoon.

The incident took place shortly after midday and the exhibit - a yellow phyton was at the time being viewed through its glass showcase by several children and accompanying adults.

Bonyun in a recent interview with the T&T Guardian said he had been bitten numerous times by different species of snakes over the 27 years he has been working at the zoo.

Zoo road being repaved with discarded plastic bottles

The Emperor Valley Zoo's recycling project continues as a roadway is being constructed using recycled plastics.

The roadway incorporates pavers made from approximately 1.5 million single-use plastic bottles previously used for water and soft drinks.

The discarded plastics were chipped and incorporated into each paver, storing it there forever.

In this way, fewer plastics enter landfills and waterways such as rivers and oceans.

The project is a collaboration with Flying Tree Environmental Management.

- by Sharlene Rampersad

Zoo: Crocky buried this morning

The Zoological Society says the American Crocodile "Crocky" that died at the zoo on Sunday, has been buried.

The Zoo said yesterday that a full necropsy report was being commissioned to determine the exact cause of death. 

In an update today, the Zoo said the animal was buried in its entirety this morning.

It said that the decision was made by the Board of the Society to opt for burial based on consultations with international partners and literature review.

Zoo's "Crocky" has died

The Emperor Valley Zoo has announced the passing of one of its longest kept residents, the American Crocodile affectionately called “Crocky”.

The Zoo says Crocky passed away on Sunday, February 26th, 2017 and was discovered reposing peacefully in his enclosure at approximately 4 pm.

Crocky came to the Emperor Valley Zoo in the early 1970s and at that time would have been over ten years old, placing him at a mature age of fifty-five years plus.

Zoo gets six llamas

The Emperor Valley Zoo is now the home of six llamas.

The llamas arrived on Wednesday by air at the Piarco International Airport.

The Zoological Society of Trinidad and Tobago said the latest acquisition formed part of a larger thrust to continue with the diversification of the animal collection at the zoo.

“These llamas are the beginning of another series of exciting new arrivals for the Emperor Valley Zoo as we are preparing shortly for zebras and impalas,” said Gupte Lutchmedial, President of the Zoological Society of Trinidad and Tobago.