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African Wetlands area at Prague, 24/05/10

African Wetlands area at Prague, 24/05/10
Maguari, 2 Jun 2010
    • Maguari
      Home to male Sitatunga and Nile Lechwe as well as selection of wetland birds.
    • Arizona Docent
      That is one of the most beautiful exhibits I have seen (based on the photo).
    • Maguari
      It is very well landscaped and as attractive an antelope paddock as I've seen.
    • Ituri
      That is a gorgeous exhibit. Zoo Praha appears to be a beautiful zoo with an excellent collection.

      By the way, is it male sitatunga and male nile lechwe, or is it male sitatunga and a mixed group of nile lechwe?
    • Maguari
      It is indeed. One of Europe's best. The only really out-of-date looking area now is the Elephant/Hippo House, a replacement for which will be starting construction in the coming months.

      Small groups of males of both species (some of them quite young, as with the Sitatunga in the foreground here). The groups of females for each are held elsewhere in the zoo - I guess the males are moved in when their, ahem, 'services' are required. ;)
    • reduakari
      Quite possibly my favorite European zoo, and remarkable for having survived--and in a few short years thereafter thrived--despite suffering an unbelievable and tragic flood in 2003. Fascinating collections, particularly turtles and lizards, beautiful grounds, and some extraordinary exhibits, plus a fantastic history of breeding and conservation support reaching back to the period before the Iron Curtain straight through to today.

      And it is located in one of the world's most beautiful cities. I can't wait to return.
    • Maguari
      Certainly a comfortable European top 5 zoo, yes indeed.

      Tragic though it was, I suspect it was great leverage when it came to fundraising. Every cloud has a silver lining, as they say.

      The number of weird chelonians they had, I was forced to conclude they were making them up by the end of it! A superb place.
    • Chlidonias
      did you happen to keep a list?
    • Maguari
      I have a list of the one I took (often quite dubious) photos of - my travelling companion has a full list he will be compiling but he's expecting the turtles to take a while! I'll dig out my notes this evening.
    • docend24
      To my understanding main purpose of this exhibit is stopgap place for young males born in the zoo till they find their homes in other zoos. In addition it is a part of "Water World" swamp-like area of the zoo exhibiting water-linked species and animals for which water is a natural barrier (spider monkeys, colubus ...).
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