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Discussion in 'General Zoo Discussion' started by aardvark250, 23 Aug 2016.

  1. aardvark250

    aardvark250 Well-Known Member

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    Just think of Giant panda.Everybody loves this fluffiness.But how about other animals?Why giant panda always get the public attention but not other species?I know that giant panda is endangered and many people want to save it,but there are so much other animals that are in danger.So,what animals do you think that should get more public attention?
     
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  3. Nikola Chavkosk

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    Tree kangaroos other than Matschie's and Godfellow's.
    South Central black rhinoceros
    Many small cats like Borneo Bay cat for example
    Common spotted cuscus
    Several howler monkey species, including Venezuelan red
    Indochinese tiger, Malayan tiger
    West African giraffe
    Shining parrots
    Some Ctenosaura spp. iguanas
    And many many more animals ... including aardvark :)
     
  4. MoleRat

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    The Sichuan Giant Panda Bear (Ailuropoda melanoleuca melanoleuca) gets media attentoin becuase it's a massive live teddy bear that could be used to bring massive amount of people into the zoo, NOT because it is endangered.

    NOTE: I mentioned subspecies because the Sichuan one is the classic black and white type. There is another subspecies, the qinling panda, wich doesn't get much conservation, while it's WAY more endangered than the sichuan one,
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  5. Nikola Chavkosk

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    Indeed very beautifull panda !
     
  6. TIGERMAN17

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    The jaguar (panthera onca) should get much more attention I think. although there are conservation efforts I think the other panther a genus members get more attention when they don't need as much such as lions.
     
  7. TeaLovingDave

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    I believe they all do!
     
  8. Pertinax

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    If you are talking about the qinling Pandas, then no they don't...only a very few have ever been recorded. Simple recessive mutation apparently.
     
  9. Arizona Docent

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    That Qinling panda has an interesting appearance. I have never seen anything like that and I had no idea there are different subspecies.

    As for jaguar mentioned above, over the last decade or so they have gotten quite a bit of attention here in the USA (especially in the southwest). Two years ago I published a book on zoos of the southwest that has in depth coverage of 17 zoos in the region. 9 of those (over half) have jaguar exhibits, some of which are new. Several imports were done a few years ago and there is steady breeding in the USA. Cat Haven (California) and Wildlife World Zoo (Arizona) are especially prolific and produce both black and yellow jaguars on an almost annual basis.
     
  10. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    yeah, almost all the Qinling pandas are black and white. The recorded brown ones can be counted on your fingers without running out.
     
  11. TeaLovingDave

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    I'll rephrase then; I believe all the Qinling pandas recorded do - as is explicitly stated in the description of the subspecies:

    http://m.jmammal.oxfordjournals.org/content/86/2/397

    Where did you find the statement that not all Qinling pandas look like that?
     
  12. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    from your link: "dark brown chest patch, and brown ventral pelage" - the basic colour is black and white, the underparts are pale brown. The individuals which have all the black replaced by brown are rare individuals.
     
  13. TeaLovingDave

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    Fair enough; my lacking reading comprehension :p
     
  14. Carl Jones

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    Zoos are good at breeding zoo animals. These are your classic zoo species, lions, giraffes, zebras, gorillas chimps, Ring-tailed Lemurs, meerkats......and it seems likely that Giant Panda will join that group. There are just not enough zoos interested in the small rare and obscure species that do not have great visitor appeal.
     
  15. Arizona Docent

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    So sad and so true. :(
    (note: bold type was added by me)
     
  16. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    I've attached a photo below of your typical Qinling panda - black and white with brown underparts. If you Google Image them the result is dominated by photos of the brown ones, which are actually all just one or two individuals, giving a false impression of their abundance.
     

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    Ah ok, thank you very much for finding, before this thread I thought there was a whole population of 500 brown and white pandas or so out there
     
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    I think we should give all attention to the Lake Titicaca Saggy-Skinned Frog.
     
  19. Arizona Docent

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    :D:D:D:D:D
     
  20. Pertinax

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    Seven I think, with one being brought into captivity after it was found 'abandoned' ( for an animal that leaves its young alone for long periods in a den one wonders how necessary that actually was...;))