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Discussion in 'India' started by vogelcommando, 19 Jul 2017.

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    Some random bits and pieces.

    The Assam State Zoo has/had a melanistic Asiatic Golden Cat, at least in 2014 - see this thread online newsletter for small cats

    While trying to find out some more information on it (which I could not), I came across this Tripadvisor photo taken at the zoo of a largely-unpigmented Gaur (or probably a Gayal actually):
    https://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/0b/75/5a/14/assam-state-zoo.jpg
    There's a different photo of the same animal from last month (August 2017) as well.

    In November 2014 the zoo obtained three Pigmy Hogs. I don't know if they are still alive.
     
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    According to the very helpful, but often flawed CZA inventory, the last 'new' golden cat went to Assam in 2013, which suggests that they were probably there in 2014. The inventory also lists a pair of surviving pygmy hogs, with one having died in the 2016-17 year. (Inventory)
     
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    That's a Gayal. As a domestic, they vary in colour (well, you get white and pied as well as wild colour) unlike Gaur. Horn shape is diagnostic, as is size if you're standing next to it. Gaur are a lot bigger.
     
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    when I visited I checked their inventory on the CZA and listed the ones which did not seem to be present (on my review: Assam State Zoo - A visit to the Assam State Zoo (Guwahati), 10 March 2014). The only small cats I saw were Jungle Cats and Leopard Cats. I would prefer to think that the melanistic Golden Cat was not yet present rather than that I missed it because it was unlabelled and hiding! :p
     
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    The article clearly says that the three rhinos were kept together because they were raised together - not that the female was introduced to the male for breeding.
     
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    It seems these were previously calves rescued(orphaned?) from Kaziranga that have been through a wildlife rescue centre first. It says they were 'handraised'. This zoo seems to act as a repository for surplus Rhinos that can't be released again. They had about nine when I went here some years ago, and kept in really poor conditions. For 'mating attempt' we can probably just read youthful behaviour and attempted mountings.
     
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    I know, because I also read the article.
    My post didn’t say that she was; I was just pointing out that mating would not have produced offspring.
     
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    For all good purposes: 5 (3.2) resident rhinos till mid 2017. In October 1.2 hand-reared calves introduced aged 1 - 2.5 years from CWRC near Kaziranga which were kept together at CWRC previously. They had been looking for additional animals for the Indian breeding program. So, CWRC loaned them some rhinos for that purpose.

    ASZ should now have an additional breeding facility off exhibit. If I am correct they may yet not have adequate separation facilities (which I think they should have as GOHR are solitary) and only has 2 large exclosures.

    BTW: one adult female is due this year. Last calf in 2013.
     
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    Assam state zoo is located in Guwahati. This is the only zoo in north-east India
     
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