Looking back at the 2004 annual report for RZSS, this was the year i remember thinking that the zoo had turned a corner, for many years before hand the collection with a few exceptions was sterile and frankly lacking imagination and verve. 2004 was a benchmark year, new species and new exhibits, with pre-planning in place for the 10 year masterplan to kick off in 2005. Species brought in that year were; 2.1 lesser hedgehog tenrec 1.1 broad nosed gentle lemur* 1.1 Aye aye* 0.2 white cheeked gibbon 0.5 African hunting dog 0.1 wolverine* 1.1 Malayan civet* 3.7 dwarf mongoose 1.1 Pallas cat* 1.1 Malayan tapir 1.1 warthog 2.3 red river hog 1.0 lesser Malayan chevrotain 1.1 Siberian musk deer* 0.3 Bactrian wapiti* 2.0 Kirk's dik dik 1.1 eastern bongo* 1.1 Mishmi takin* 2.0 hammerkop 1.0 black stork 1.1 Steller's sea eagle 1.2 northern helmeted curassow* 0.1 Malayan great argus pheasant 3.2 east African crowned crane 0.1 violet touraco 2.2 lilac breasted roller* 1.4 Von der Decken's hornbill Almost a whole new zoo, but 10 years on was this a new start or a false dawn, in the interim we have seen the arrival of the koalas and the giant pandas, but overall has the collection improved that much 10 years on, admittedly a few of the above species and more (polar bear & bactrian camel) have gone north to HWP and * indicates species no longer held other species come and gone include purple faced langur, Guinea baboon, aardwolf amongst others. New exhibits built include Budongo, living links, brilliant birds, Maji Mzuri, sun bear and koala enclosures. But of course and more saddening is the lack of masterplan. So has the zoo moved forward since this extraordinary year of arrivals?