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Aukland, NZ

World Wetlands Day was celebrated in Auckland on Saturday 2 February 2013. The event was hosted by the Auckland Zoo and supported by the National Wetland Trust of New Zealand, Forest & Bird, Fish & Game, Ducks Unlimited, and WaiCare. The event was located at Ngā Repo, the wetlands exhibit in Te Wao Nui, the new native area of the Zoo.

Ngā Repo replicates a lowland swamp with sedges, reeds and threatened plants on the edge of a lake. The lake supports native birdlife including pateke (brown teal), tete (grey teal), papango (New Zealand scaup), and white-faced heron. In a large tank are several enormous long-finned eels. Zoo staff provided talks throughout the day along with feeding encounters with the birdlife and eels, and informed the public on conservation issues associated with wetlands and the species that inhabit them.  Click on here for the full story and pictures.

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