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vicuna and Darwins rhea in their hilltop paddock at Edinburgh zoo

vicuna and Darwins rhea in their hilltop paddock at Edinburgh zoo
kiang, 7 Oct 2007
    • Cat-Man
      on the map it looks a large space, dont you think it could be put to better use,
    • redpanda
      In the master-plan, elephant are shown to POSSIBLY inhabit the paddock area to the east of the zoo. This paddock is reserved for the indian rhino.
    • snowleopard
      It's great to see photos of vicuna, as they are extremely rare and almost nonexistent in North American collections.
    • OhSnapItsKirby

      As are lesser rheas :rolleyes:
    • elefante
      This is a nice looking exhibit. You mentioned lesser rheas and vicunas are practically non-existent in North America. Is that the same for greater rheas and guanacos?
    • OhSnapItsKirby
      Not at all!Greater Rheas/Guanacos/ Cavies is a fairly common "South American Pampas" combination in the United States. Sometimes tapirs, anteaters, and birds are added.
    • elefante
      When you say guanacos do you mean wild guanacos or llamas? By cavies do you mean guinea pigs or actual wild cavies? What are some zoos that have these combinations that you have visited?
    • OhSnapItsKirby
      I mean some zoos have ACTUAL guanacos and ACTUAL cavies. Although some zoos use llamas instead. Cavies are common enough here for some to be kept as exotic pets. Most US zoos only have domestic guinea pigs in their petting zoos. I know Montgomery Zoo had llamas/cavies/rheas until their yard was converted into an enrichment garden. The Santa Ana zoo opened up a Pampas Exhibit a couple years ago. The Audubon Zoo has a large field exhibit for them along with South American birds. San Fransisco Zoo has Puente Del Sur which houses tapirs, anteaters, capybaras, rheas, and coscorobas. I'm sure there are countless others. Camelid/rhea/cavie/tapir/giant anteater/capybara/other birds is a fairly common practice.
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