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Reptile, Amphibian, and Insect Center Construction Site

June 4, 2010.

Reptile, Amphibian, and Insect Center Construction Site
Blackduiker, 6 Jun 2010
    • Blackduiker
      June 4, 2010.
    • mstickmanp
      At least they've started with the building.

      Something interesting I noticed in the site plan is that they have two outdoor alligator exhibits, Alligator Swamp and Arroyo Lagarto (meaning Alligator Creek). I wonder if one will have Chinese and the other American, or if both will have American.
    • Blackduiker
      It would be a shame not to exhibit both, even though one Chinese Alligator was just recently sent off to an Alligator park in Florida. Do you know what ever happened to their False Gavials Mario?
    • mstickmanp
      I agree, not having both will be a shame. Maybe the Chinese Alligator will come back once the exhibit opens.

      I have no clue what happened to the False Gavials.
    • Blackduiker
      The Gavials seemed to have disappeared off the zoo's charts and plans. And I've heard nothing about their Ploughshare Tortoises lately either. Even before they tore down the old reptile house they were taken off exhibit. I know quite a few species were sent away temporarily, but nothing on these once planned centerpiece reptiles for several years. And I sure would like to see the Crocodile Monitor, Grays Monitors, and Exuma Island Iguanas returned after the center is completed as well.
    • mstickmanp
      Yeah, I remember reading that the Ploughshare Tortoises were going to be one of the many rare species that were confiscated a while ago to be on display. The tortoises don't even appear on ISIS anymore.
    • mstickmanp
      I just realized that since "Arroyo Lagarto" is in spanish, maybe they'll put caimans in that exhibit.
    • Ituri
      Can't "Lagarto" also be correctly translated as "lizard"?
    • Blackduiker
      And they supposedly plan to exhibit caimans in Rainforest of the Americas. Of course, the center originally planned to showcase the False Gavials and Komodo Dragons as wells as American Alligators. I don't see them now moving the Komodos to another space, from that where they are now in the Australia section, anytime soon. And the False Gavials may now be non-existent; permanently transferred to another institution or deceased.
    • mstickmanp
      True, i never thought about that. So if they are thinking about lizards, i wonder what species they could exhibit there.
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