Join our zoo community

Animal Species You Have Seen Both in the Wild and in Captivity

Discussion in 'Zoo Cafe' started by wensleydale, 2 Nov 2014.

  1. wensleydale

    wensleydale Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    17 Apr 2014
    Posts:
    1,332
    Location:
    CT, USA
    The "Do You Travel" thread gave me this idea. How many species of animals have you seen both in the wild and in a captive setting, including but not limited to a zoo, a farm, as a pet, etc.

    My own list is painfully short, and probably incomplete because in all likelihood I have just forgotten about some of them. All of these are animals local to where I live.

    American Crow

    Red Fox

    North American Porcupine

    Bald Eagle

    Red Tailed Hawk

    Mouse (Does infesting my house count as wild? I tend to kill pests on sight. So yell at me, see if I care.)

    Rat

    Wood Turtle

    Eastern Painted Turtle

    Turkey

    Striped Skunk

    Garter Snake

    North American River Otter

    Mallard Duck

    Honey Bee

    Swallowtail Butterfly

    Monarch Butterfly (in egg, larval, pupae, and adult form.)

    Bobcat

    American Kestrel

    Turkey Vulture

    Blue Crab (I think. Put it in the maybe pile.)

    North Atlantic Sea Star

    Painted Lady Butterfly

    American Lobster

    Red Shouldered Hawk

    Blue Mussel (at Price Chopper.)

    Periwinkle

    Slipper Shell (at Fenway Park of all Places. NEAQ sent some people.)

    Cardinal

    Blue Jay

    Rat Snake

    Pheasant (it must have escaped from a game farm and lived wild for at several months before that dog got it.)

    And probably a number of other animals, I can't be bothered to remember.

    Update: And also the Common Carp. This one is interesting, and also a maybe. I see koi carp regularly. However I saw wild, invasive carp in the wetland area of the Roger Williams Park Zoo. They even had a sign about them. I wish the zoo would get rid of them really (though they do seem to have come with the pond.) I wish they would instead possibly introduce some kind of native fish to replace them. Maybe there is no replacement or they are too hard to get rid of.

    How about my fellow ZooChatters?
     
    Last edited: 3 Nov 2014
  2. AverageWalrus

    AverageWalrus Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    29 Aug 2014
    Posts:
    279
    Location:
    Somewhere
    My list is mostly fish, but that is because every summer i go the bahamas

    Yellowtail Snapper
    Seargent Major
    Queen Angelfish
    Peacock Flounder
    Spanish Hogfish
    Porkfish
    Spotted Eagle Ray
    Atlantic Blue Tang
    White Tailed Deer
    Eastern Box Turtle
    Turkey Vulture
    Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin
    Sea Turtle (Couldnt Tell What species it was, but im pretty sure it was a green)
    Eastern Garter Snake
    Sand Shrimp
    Blue Crab
    Groundhog (it lives under ny neighbor's porch)
    Spring Peeper
    Cabbage White Butterfly
    Monarch/Viceory Butterfly
    Blue Jay
    Southern Stingray
    Atlantic Whiptail Ray
    Rainbow Runner (fish)
    Spiny Lobster
    Red Lionfish
    Green Anole
    Brown Anole
    Mallard Duck
    Nassau Grouper
    Great Barracuda
    Ocean Triggerfish
    Palometa
    Bluehead Wrasse
    Green Heron
    French Grunt
    Princess Parrotfish
    Porcupinefish
    Horseshoe Crab (a dead one that washed up on the beach)
    Harlequin Basslet
    Moon Jellyfish
    West Indian Manatee
     
  3. LaughingDove

    LaughingDove Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    16 May 2014
    Posts:
    1,988
    Location:
    Warsaw, Poland
    Since I don't keep records of species tht I have seen (working on changing that in my spare time) I can't give lists but just working through photographs of trips that I have taken in the last few years conservative estimates must be several hundred mammals and even more birds. I hope to have proper lists of species within 3 or 4 months.
    :)
     
  4. gentle lemur

    gentle lemur Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    8 Sep 2007
    Posts:
    3,781
    Location:
    South Devon
    I don't keep a list, but it would not be particularly not long as I have only seen wild animals in Western Europe and West Africa. I think it is interesting that animals in the wild always look bigger than conspecifics in captivity. Sometimes this is obvious, for example bottle-nosed dolphins in captivity are almost always from temperate or subtropical areas (or are descended from such animals) while the ones I have seen in cold Manx and Scottish waters really are much bigger.
    You can also see animals doing things in the wild that they cannot do in captivity: I know that the only wild elephant that I have ever seen was huge, although it was half a mile away and up to its belly in long grass, because I saw it casually walk up to a decent sized tree, nudge the trunk with its forehead and push it over. Likewise seeing a wild bird flying always makes it look bigger and more beautiful than it would in a zoo, which I think is true for little orange-cheeked waxbills, for medium sized carmine bee-eaters and for large palm nut vultures. I think this is partly due to the extra concentration that you need to watch genuinely wild animals.
    It is also quite possible to have difficulty recognising a species that you know well. I vividly remember riding pillion on a motorcycle through the forest near Kumasi at dawn: the sky was full of a large flock of birds, all flying in the same direction over the treetops. The noise they made was incredible, a mixture of beautiful whistles and shrill screams. The light was too poor to see any colour on them, but they were medium sized with rounded heads and pointed fast-beating wings. I was very puzzled for several minutes before the penny dropped and I suddenly realised that they were African grey parrots.

    Alan
     
    Last edited: 7 Nov 2014
  5. zooboy28

    zooboy28 Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    1 Aug 2010
    Posts:
    4,607
    Location:
    Melbourne, Aust (ex. NZ)
    I have a list of all animals I have seen, this is the (rather small!) list of 27 mammal species I have seen in captivity and the wild. The bird list is substantially longer, but again, many of the birds commonly seen in the wild are rarely seen in zoos.

    Short-beaked Echidna
    Koala
    Common Brushtail Possum
    Common Ringtail Possum
    Eastern Grey Kangaroo
    Euro
    Red Kangaroo
    Black-footed Rock Wallaby
    Southern Swamp Wallaby
    Australian Water Rat
    House Mouse
    Norway Rat
    Black Rat
    Plantain Squirrel
    European Rabbit
    Killer Whale
    Eurasian Moose
    Roe Deer
    Scottish Red Deer
    Horse
    Lesser Dog-faced Flying-fox
    Grey-headed Flying-fox
    Dingo
    Red Fox
    Ferret
    New Zealand Fur Seal
    Australian Fur Seal
     
  6. vogelcommando

    vogelcommando Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    10 Dec 2012
    Posts:
    11,624
    Location:
    fijnaart, the netherlands
    I also don't make a list because a lot of species I've seen in the wild I've also seen in captivity !
     
  7. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    13 Jun 2007
    Posts:
    17,031
    Location:
    omnipresent
    I don't keep a list of animals I see in zoos, but going through my wild animal lists I count up 108 mammal species I have seen in both the wild and zoos. I can't be bothered totalling the birds because it would be too many.
     
  8. Arizona Docent

    Arizona Docent Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    10 Feb 2009
    Posts:
    5,570
    Location:
    Arizona, USA
    (Off the top of my head, not complete):

    MAMMALS
    Iberian lynx
    bobcat
    pronghorn
    wapiti (American elk)
    White tailed deer
    mule deer
    European red deer
    fallow deer
    mouflon
    European otter
    American black bear
    bighorn sheep
    California sea lion

    BIRDS
    pyrrhuloxia
    black crowned night heron
    great blue heron
    red tailed hawk
    golden eagle
    harris hawk
    American kestrel
    mallard duck
    burrowing owl
    greater roadrunner
    sandhill crane
    Gambells quail
    wild turkey
    Annas hummingbird

    REPTILES
    western diamondback
    coachwhip
    gila monster
    horned lizard
    American alligator
    American crocodile
    desert tortoise
     
  9. tschandler71

    tschandler71 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    26 Aug 2011
    Posts:
    1,058
    Location:
    Geraldine AL USA
    American Black Bear
    Mountain Lion
    Whitetail Deer
    Bison
    Elk/Wapiti
    Alligator
    Crocodile
    Feral Hog
    Jaguar
    Turkey
    Eastern Cottontail Rabbit
    Water Moccasin
    Coral Snake
    Indigo Viper
    Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake
    Mallard Duck
    Wood Duck
    Merganser Duck
    Pelicans
    Barn Owl
    Bald Eagle
    Red tailed Hawk
    Pheasants (semi wild)
    Doves
    Opossum
    Coyote/Red Wolf (I maintain they are the same thing)
    Sandhill Cranes
    Whooping Cranes
    Largemouth Bass
    River Catfish
    Bream/Sunfish



    How could I forget Alligator Snapping Turtles/Mud Turtles my dad used to catch Mud turtles when there was a market for them. I left a bunch out like common rodents etc.
     
    Last edited: 11 Nov 2014
  10. AverageWalrus

    AverageWalrus Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    29 Aug 2014
    Posts:
    279
    Location:
    Somewhere
    Wht species of Crocodile was it? (Im guessing American)
     
  11. ThylacineAlive

    ThylacineAlive Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    20 Oct 2012
    Posts:
    5,424
    Location:
    Connecticut, U.S.A.
    I'll see what I can remember!

    Mammals:
    White-Tailed Deer
    American Black Bear
    Bobcat
    Canada Lynx
    Eastern Grey Squirrel
    Florida Manatee
    Striped Skunk
    House Mouse
    Collared Peccary

    Birds:
    Bald Eagle
    Great Blue Egret
    Little Blue Egret
    Double-Crested Cormorant
    Red-Tailed Hawk
    Black-Crowned Night Heron
    Mallard
    Redhead
    Greater Black-Backed Gull
    Tri-Colored Heron
    Common Raven
    Turkey Vulture
    Red-Breasted Merganser
    Hooded Merganser
    Anhinga
    Sandhill Crane
    Laughing Gull
    Brown Pelican
    American White Pelcian
    American Wood Duck
    Wild Turkey

    Reptiles:
    Black Rat Snake
    American Alligator
    Gopher Tortoise
    Florida Cooter
    Green Anole

    Amphibians:
    Southern Leopard Frog
    American Bullfrog
    Eastern Grey Tree Frog
    Wood Frog
    American Toad
    Eastern Newt

    Fishes:
    Bluegill
    Large-Mouth Bass

    ~Thylo:cool:
     
  12. ThylacineAlive

    ThylacineAlive Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    20 Oct 2012
    Posts:
    5,424
    Location:
    Connecticut, U.S.A.
    Oh and Common Snapping Turtle.

    ~Thylo:cool:
     
  13. tschandler71

    tschandler71 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    26 Aug 2011
    Posts:
    1,058
    Location:
    Geraldine AL USA
    Yes it was American Crocodile, the only place outside of the US I have been was the Yucatan Peninsula (high school senior trip to Cancun). Dr. Akisanya, my doctor, is from Nigeria. He wants me to go with him next summer after he found out how much I love Africa. I was all set and planned to do a Summer abroad in Ghana in college (Political science major and my research was on the stable Ghanan political system) but my dad's health worsened a plans changed.
     
  14. Lemurs

    Lemurs Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    11 Nov 2014
    Posts:
    111
    Location:
    Kent
    Sumatran orangutan
    Lar gibbons
    Common marmoset
    Bolivian squirrel monkey
    Black-capped capuchins
    Long-tailed macaques

    They’re the coolest ones.
     
  15. TheMightyOrca

    TheMightyOrca Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    28 Jan 2014
    Posts:
    1,263
    Location:
    League City, Texas
    Limited list, even if I could figure out a complete one, it would still be pretty small, (most animals I've seen in the wild are birds, and most zoos I've been to mostly keep more exotic bird species) but:

    Bottlenose dolphin
    Nine-banded armadillo
    Gray fox
    American alligator
    Whooping crane
    Indigo snake
    Rat snake
     
  16. elefante

    elefante Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    12 Aug 2009
    Posts:
    1,280
    Location:
    North Dakota, USA
    North America:
    Grizzly Bear
    Black Bear
    Bison
    Elk
    Moose
    Bobcat
    Coyote
    Bighorn Sheep
    Mountain Goat
    River Otter
    Beaver
    Striped Skunk
    Gray Wolf
    Bald Eagle
    Great-Horned Owl
    California Sea Lion
    Prairie Dog
    Pronghorn
    Badger
    Trumpeter Swan

    Central America:
    White-Faced Capuchin Monkey
    Boa Constrictor
    Green Iguana
    Palm Viper
    Keel-Billed Toucan
    Squirrel Monkey
    Howler Monkey
    Three-Toed Sloth
    Caimen (not sure which species but have seen some in pet shops in the USA)
    Kinkajou


    I'm sure the list is much larger for North America but these are some I have seen recently in zoos that I have also seen in the wild.
     
  17. elefante

    elefante Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    12 Aug 2009
    Posts:
    1,280
    Location:
    North Dakota, USA
    Where did you see a jaguar in the wild? I would love to see one of those in the wild. I have seen whooping cranes in the wild but not in zoos.
     
  18. tschandler71

    tschandler71 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    26 Aug 2011
    Posts:
    1,058
    Location:
    Geraldine AL USA
    When I went to Mexico, there was a Reserve I took a day trip to a good ways from Cancun.
     
  19. Pleistohorse

    Pleistohorse Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    30 Jan 2013
    Posts:
    474
    Location:
    Alaska
    Not accounting for subspecies (and by virtue of ignorance excluding some bats, rats, and such):
    Mammals Only:
    Canada Lynx
    Grey Wolf
    Coyote
    Golden Jackal
    Red Fox
    Grey Fox
    Swift Fox
    Arctic Fox
    Raccoon Dog
    Polar Bear
    Black Bear
    Brown Bear
    Sea Otter
    River Otter
    Fisher
    Ermine
    Siberian Weasel
    Mink
    Beech Martin
    American Badger
    Eurasian Badger
    Striped Skunk
    Spotted Skunk
    Raccoon
    Ringtail
    Small Asian Mongoose
    California Sea Lion
    Stellar Sea Sion
    Harbor Seal
    Orca
    Bottlenose Dolphin
    Dall Porpoise
    Harbor Porpoise
    Burro
    Pronghorn
    Aoudad
    Mouflon
    Dall Sheep
    Bison
    Mountain Goat
    Chamois
    Musk Ox
    Blackbuck
    Whitetail Deer
    Mule Deer
    Red Deer
    Wapiti
    Moose
    Axis Deer
    Roe Deer
    Sika Deer
    Fallow Deer
    Caribou
    Wild Boar
    Japanese Macaque
    Nutria
    Beaver
    Muskrat
    Brown Rat
    House Mouse
    Grey Squirrel
    Rock Squirrel
    Fox Squirrel
    Eurasian Red Squirrel
    Woodchuck
    Black tailed Prairie Dog
    Porcupine
    West European Hedgehog
     
  20. azcheetah2

    azcheetah2 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    2 Nov 2011
    Posts:
    556
    Location:
    Tempe, AZ
    I know I'm going to forget some, but hopefully I'll remember most.

    Horse (I'm counting domesticated as "in captivity" or you can count the Przewalski's horse in a zoo)
    Orca
    Dolphin (wild was pacific white-sided and captivity was atlantic and pacific bottlenose)
    Bald eagle
    Burrowing Owl
    Coyote
    California Sea Lion
    Harbor Seal
    Sea Otter
    Gila Monster
    Tarantula
    Jellyfish (not likely the same species, but I've seen both wild and in aquariums)
    Vulture

    I've also seen some animals that people have listed as seeing both wild and captive, but I've only wild since they don't generally keep them in zoo collections around here

    squirrel
    mallard
    Elk
    cottontail rabbit
    striped skunk
    heron
    egret
    various lizards
     
    Last edited: 18 Nov 2014