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Sydney Zoo $36 million zoo with roaming African animals planned for Blacktown

Discussion in 'Australia' started by Astrobird, 7 Sep 2015.

  1. DavidBrown

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    I've looked through this thread and not seen the answer, but where did they get the bull shark? Did they go out and capture one from the wild? Will this be the only Australian facility exhibiting bull sharks?
     
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    I don't know the answer to this, but the most likely situation is that they caught one from the wild. Most sharks are wild-caught (generally speaking), and Bull Sharks are found naturally in the rivers of tropical Australia so obtaining one would be "relatively" easy for an Australian aquarium.
     
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    Bull sharks can be found in the Parramatta River, just up the road from Sydney Zoo. Aquariums do not seem to have the same take from the wild problems zoos do.
     
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    Sydney Zoo has now received Eyelean the giraffe from Monarto.
     
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    I see your point, aren't all zoos built from scratch to start with? :confused:
     
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    You have to be a bit careful with news reports. The "it's never been done before" from Burgess may not even be in relation to the reporter's "opening a zoo from scratch" comment. It does sound like something he would say about the opening of the zoo, but it may not be being used accurately by the editor of the clips.
     
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    We certainly did it at Hamerton in 1990. Admittedly the Zoo only had lemurs, marmosets, meerkats, wallabies and birds on day one, but all the services, shops, loos, car-park etc (and a Zoo Licence) were all in place. The site had been a wheat-field until just a year before - every blade of grass and plant was new too. The animals were re-housed from our private collection which remained off-show, but every stick in the zoo was new and 'from scratch'.
     
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    62 year old Asian elephant Saigon (a former circus elephant) is now on display at Sydney Zoo. There are intentions for her to be joined by other elephants soon but for the time being, there are three water buffalo in the exhibit with her for company.
     
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    I wonder how much benefit she gets from the Water buffalo. While Burma waited six years for Auckland Zoo to import a new elephant, they buddied her up with a confident horse. Burma did nothing to startle the horse; but nothing to impress it either, and the horse left for pastures new. Surely for an animal as intelligent and complex as an elephant; nothing but their own species can compare?
     
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    Sydney Zoo Map
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    So, looking at that map, changes from the previous maps are, I think:

    *Blackbuck (presumably filling in for an African antelope) - these are placed where the other maps have White Rhino; I guess when the rhino arrives they will either share, or the Blackbuck will move in with the Giraffe and Zebra.

    *Camel (where the Capybara were supposed to be, with the Capybara now in a much smaller side-exhibit which is actually the Small-clawed Otter enclosure - again probably just being used as a space-filler until the otters are obtained)

    *Water Buffalo back on there, albeit in a different location (originally when the Hippos were dropped, the buffalo were replacements, but then they were replaced in the plans by Capybara). From the map it appears the Water Buffalo and Elephant enclosures are separated.

    *Cheetah and Hunting Dog enclosures have swapped places.

    *Also, the Spider Monkeys are in the Gorilla enclosure, presumably until the latter arrive and then the Spider Monkeys will be moved into the Capuchin enclosure.

    *The Meerkats were originally placed on the earlier maps to the right of where they are now, where the "Kids Zone" is. The Australian area also appears to have changed a bit to accommodate the inclusion of this childrens' play area.
     
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    I notice the capybara are South East Asian. I appreciate they are in that zone/precinct but it wouldn’t have been too difficult to give the map icon a different colour.
     
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    there is heaps of new photos of this zoo on google maps which shows it in a real life perspective - im actually quite impressed overall, with time plants will grow and it will look lush. they've almost got a better collection of the ABC animals than the other main zoos, just lacking in birds.
     
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