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Bronx Zoo - Baboon Ridge

July 2008. Gelada baboons, nubian ibex and rock hyrax in a massive enclosure.

Bronx Zoo - Baboon Ridge
snowleopard, 6 Aug 2008
    • snowleopard
      July 2008. Gelada baboons, nubian ibex and rock hyrax in a massive enclosure.
    • snowleopard
      One of the best exhibits on the planet for baboons, and the sheer size of this enormous habitat is breaktaking.
    • PAT
      It's big enough to successfully hold two troops of baboons.
    • mstickmanp
      I think I heard someone here in Zoochat mention that this exhibit indeed held more than one troop of baboons.
    • Zooplantman
      Originally it did
    • zooman
      It is such a shame that the Bronx zoo in winter is more like a average to good zoo. Then in spring summer it becomes a great zoo. With all the animals on show using these great exhibits.
    • snowleopard
      @zooman: you nailed it on the head, as arguably the greatest weakness of the Bronx Zoo is the climate that it is located in. To have the giraffes and other warm weather animals locked insided for days on end in the dead of winter is not exciting, and with Wild Asia closed down and even the gorillas not necessarily on display it wouldn't take as long to see everything. I've always felt that the weather has been the trump card for the San Diego Zoo, as apart from the reptile house that collection is all open-air all year long. However, I'd love to see Himalayan Highlands at the Bronx in the dead of winter!
    • Sun Wukong
      Regarding climate: yes and no. For animals (and plants) from tropical and neotropical habitats, San Diego's weather might often be just fine and the husbandry is more economical (i.e. you don't have to spend a lot of indoor heating). Yet when it comes to species like red pandas, musk deer, saiga antelopes, snow leopards or the ever-popular polar bears, NY's cold winter might be more appropiate for the well-being of the animals-wheras I feel sorry for specimens of said "nordic" species living in SD...
    • Cat-Man
      regarding the previous post, is it true bronx is polar bear hell!?
    • CZJimmy
      I believe Sun Wukong is saying that the cold temperatures in New York are more suitable for Polar Bears than the warm climate in San Diego
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