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Melbourne Zoo A Few Questions

Discussion in 'Australia' started by Jesse, 20 Nov 2009.

  1. Jesse

    Jesse Well-Known Member

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    i'm heading to melbourne zoo tomorrow and have a few little questions?

    1. where can i get a glimpse of the female Malayan Tapir

    2. when is monifa the pygmy hippo on display

    3. how many bongos are there now (i only recall one)
     
  2. PAT

    PAT Well-Known Member

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    I can answer the first two but I don't know about the last one.

    1. If you enter from the station entrance and turn right towards the Australian section, her exhibit is on the right of the path behind some bamboo. I always check to see if she is there but I've only seen her once and it was very early in the morning just after it had opened.

    Here's a picture I took...

    http://www.zoochat.com/51/melbourne-zoo-october-2009-a-108502/

    2. I thought she was always on exhibit because I've been twice since she moved in and saw her both times on more then one occasion per visit.

    3. I've only seen one in the exhibit at a time so I don't know whether there are any more then that.

    :)
     
  3. LOU

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    There is supposedly, a male and female bongo, but i too have only ever seen one.

    :)
     
  4. Jesse

    Jesse Well-Known Member

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    i have found the answers to all my questions.....thanks for the help.

    i have just returned from the melbourne zoo and all the time it poured rain. no gorillas were to be seen but the mandrills were right near the viewing glass. monifa the pygmy hippo was kind enough to come to the very edge of the viewing glass (so cute and tiny). like someone mentioned in another thread no one acknowledged that she was a PYGMY hippo but just a baby hippo.

    animals that were nowhere to be seen were the-lemurs
    bears
    snow leopards
    pumas
    gorillas
    siamang
    oriental small clawed otters
    zebra
    ostrich
    many others i can't remember

    i was overjoyed though when i caught sight of the malayan tapir. i am actually surprised how easy it is to see her through the bamboo. i am quite lucky i didn't drown walking through the asian and african rainforests as many parts of the trail were flooded completely. the new marine precinct is due to open on the 9th of december. can't wait.

    regards Jesse
     
  5. jay

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    Aren't you guys lucky to have rain, wish we could get some in Brisbane.
     
  6. MARK

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    Be careful what you wish for Jay ;) LOL
     
  7. phoenix

    phoenix Well-Known Member

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    but man - did we ever need it. hadn't rained since the start of spring and the weather has been akin to mid summer at mid 30's every day. fortunately its pretty much just rained heavily for 24hrs straight. i wish i had a bigger water tank.....
     
  8. Hix

    Hix Wildlife Enthusiast and Lover of Islands Premium Member

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    Well, we've just had two days in the 40's and I'd love some rain (or a cool change). And it's not even summer yet.

    :p

    Hix
     
  9. brad09

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    cool change spose to come through tonight , wonder how animals at taronga and all the other zoos are dealing with the heat or dealt with the heat.