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CURATOR'S REPORT ATTENDANCES REMAIN HIGH Attendance and receipt figures at the Auckland Zoological Park in the year ended March 31, 1945, were higher than in any pre-war year, though they showed a decrease on the figures for 1943 and 1944, states the curator of the park. LieutenantColonel E. R. Sawer, in his annual report. The withdrawal of all Allied forces in the year under review, followed by one of the wettest Christmas and New Year holiday periods on record, had an effect on limiting the number of visitors to 132,210, as compared with the previous year's record figure of 162,113, adds Colonel Sawer. Gate receipts totalled £5296 and total receipts £6014. There was an expenditure of £9515 during the year and the net cost of maintenance was £3501-.

"The provision of new attractions and the replacement of casualties remain outstanding problems," adds Colonel Sawer. "The situation is reflected by a credit balance in everyone of the last six years on the account covering the purchase and sale of livestock. Transport difficulties are exemplified by a delay of over 12 months in obtaining deck space for a pair of duck consigned to Adelaide. "Australian and American zoos welcomed suggestions for an exchange of exhibits and the demand for such local types as kiwis, keas, tuataras, penguins, Paradise duck, is very keen. It is regretted that permits to collect even a limited number of protected types have been refused with a consequent loss of excellent bargaining counters." Colonel Sawer adds that local breeding had largely sufficed to replace casualties among the exhibits but fresh blood was an urgent need to prevent in-breeding and to permit the removal of senile specimens. Fatal disease among the mammals was fortunately limited to two cases.

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AUCKLAND ZOO, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 192, 15 August 1945

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AUCKLAND ZOO Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 192, 15 August 1945

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