I've written this as an opinion piece about some species I'd like to see added to each collection. I've given each zoo 3 new species and I've tried to make them realistic in that I haven't picked species which would be impossible to get or completely unsuitable to the zoo in question. I've also only included the zoos that I've been to. MELBOURNE ZOO: 1. Okapi: a perfect fit with the African rainforest animals such as gorillas, bongos, mandrills and pygmy hippos - although possibly hard to source. 2. Dusky Leaf Monkey: a nice fit to the Asian rainforest section and probably the most beautiful looking monkey species housed in Australia. 3. Silvery Gibbon: I would've suggested either fennec fox or serval, but the zoo has got rid of both recently, so I will suggest a third pretty gibbon species to add to the siamang and white cheeked gibbons. WERRIBEE ZOO: 1. Fennec Fox: a perfect, easy to find species which suits the African theme. 2. Colobus Monkey: a second monkey species (along with the vervet monkeys) which also fits into the African theme. 3. Spotted Hyena: WORZ has lions, cheetah, wild dogs, so why not the other large African predator - giving the zoo almost a full house of high profile African savannah animals. ADELAIDE ZOO: 1. Snow Leopard: The zoo has giant pandas, red pandas and a number of other Asian species, so how about a large predator to start a possible Himalayan theme. 2. Maned Wolf: Adelaide seems to have a focus on animals not in other Australian zoos, and a bit of a South American theme happening with tapirs, capybaras, Patagonian cavys and small monkeys, so why not put in an unusual and beautiful carnivore too. 3. Himalayan Black Bear: keep the Himalayan theme going with the pandas and snow leopards MONARTO ZOO: 1. Colobus Monkey: It is mind boggling to have a zoo without at least one species of monkey - and this would be the perfect one for Monarto to start with - fitting the African theme well. They have them there behind the scenes, so put them on display! 2. Hippo: Apparently it would be impractical due to the dry nature of Monarto, but if the water issue could be solved, then hippos would be great there! If this proves impossible, then go for Indian Rhinos to start a second Australian population. 3. Fennec Fox OR Serval: Easy to find and suitable to the mix of species. SYDNEY ZOO: 1. Snow Leopard: Why on earth did they go in the first place??? A Himalayan theme with them alongside the Himalayan tahr and red pandas surely works well. 2. Himalayan Black Bear: keep the Asian theme going. 3. Mandrill: Would work well with the African theme and they don't take up too much space. DUBBO ZOO: 1. Vervet Monkey: With so many African species, a monkey species should also be included - and the spider monkeys just don't suit the place. 2. Dusky Leaf Monkey OR Francois Leaf Monkey: create a second population for Australia and add an Asian monkey species to the Indian Rhino, Tiger, Otters, Gibbons section. 3. Hamadrayas Baboon OR Fennec Fox OR Serval: all of these 3 would compliment the larger African species already on display. MOGO ZOO: 1. Cape Hunting Dog: Mogo has a number of cat species such as lions, tigers, snow leopards and servals, so how about a dog species too? 2. Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby: Mogo doesn't have any Australian species, so why not a beautiful looking small wallaby species which is also endangered? 3. Capybara: easy enough to obtain and a perfect fit for the relatively small space - they could even share the enclosure with the tapir. I'm very keen to hear what you lot think and to hear what 3 species you think should be added to your local zoos I'm especially keen to hear opinions on Perth and Altina - as I haven't been to either yet.