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razor-billed curassow aviary

photo taken 1992. There are no longer any curassows in NZ and I believe only one (or two?) left in Australia

razor-billed curassow aviary
Chlidonias, 9 Jun 2010
    • Chlidonias
      hmm, so it seems likely that it must have been in the same block as the curassow aviary then. I will bow to your deductive reasoning.

      Looking at the aerial photo again it seems almost impossible that there was viewing of the block from the rear (it appears to back up completely against the boundary), but I think you can see the keeper passage running through the middle (entered from the curassow end, as seen by the safety porch in the curassow photo). It looks like there's about three or four aviaries in the back part. It's hard to make out, but there may also be aviaries down the side as well (at the opposite end from the curassow) - is/was there a section of path there for visitors?

      Looking at the curassow photo you can see rear viewing would have been impossible in 1992 at any rate, because the back wall appears to be a fake-rock one, and the shrubbery at the side looks far too dense to admit any viewing at all.
    • zooboy28
      I wouldn't have though there was such a path for visitors, as it is not indicated on any maps, and just seems unlikely to me. There is no such path there now. I agree that viewing from the rear would be impossible, although I would say that the back of the aviary is meshed, as the rocks at the back are part of the boundary wall, which runs along two of the sides of the zoo and certainly pre-dates the aviary.

      I have a sense of disappointment now, as it seems this discussion has been largely concluded. Does your sister have any more photos of Auckland Zoo?
    • Chlidonias
      so the Hardy Boys have solved another mystery.

      I think I added all the photos my sister had to the gallery. There weren't many: curassow, kookaburra, elephant, polar bears, sealions, hippos, zebra, gemsbok, blackbuck, orangutans and mara. And then there were a few crappy ones of my own from 1995 including the macaws. I'll have a look to see if I do have any other older photos that either weren't uploaded or were victims of The Great Purge that I can re-upload.
    • zooboy28
      Just to update this inaccurate info, the bird from Taronga actually went to Melbourne, so there are still two hens in Australia. More info here: http://www.zoochat.com/24/curassows-australia-237813/
    • Chlidonias
      the only other older photo I had was of meerkats, now uploaded: http://www.zoochat.com/14/meerkats-283667/

      The older ones I have from Wellington Zoo are all still in the gallery, un-purged.
    • Chlidonias
      I'm just trying to place this aviary from the photo you posted because I apparently didn't see it from your vantage point. Is it the tri-vided one with the doves and parrot finches in it?
    • zooboy28
      Yes.

      It is indeed.
    • Chlidonias
      funny I never even noticed the dome. I must have been looking too hard at the birds (and trying to stay ahead of the school group tailing us!). The bleeding-heart pigeons are always gorgeous.
    • Chlidonias
      just for interest's sake, Auckland Zoo had two razor-billed curassows, both imported from Adelaide Zoo. One was held from 1983 to 1998, and the other from 1988 to 1991.
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