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Auckland Zoo Auckland Zoos tiger dies...

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by patrick, 14 May 2006.

  1. patrick

    patrick Well-Known Member

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  2. Nigel

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    Auckland Zoo tigers

    I hope that the zoo makes use of this time to at least make improvements to the tiger enclosure , if not build a completely new one . It is one of the last of the original "pit" enclosures , and although it has been enlarged , it still is not very well designed for Sumatran tigers
     
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    yes yes i agree, but what else would you house in there without major renovatins, i say, just demolish the whole pit, but then the zoo will lose room. I cant really see the exhibit being converted but i woudl like it to be, (i know its wrong but i like pit exhibits, esspecially as noce as that one)
     
  4. Simon Hampel

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    It is unfortunate that some of the best enclosure designs from an observation point of view are not the best designs for the animals.

    Then again, I guess zoos are not the best places for animals anyway - better they were in the wild, where it is much more difficult to view them (or conserve them !).

    I quite liked the pit enclosure at Auckland Zoo - it gave a new perspective on the animals which I hadn't seen before ... got a much better view of them (especially at feeding time when they made the tiger climb a tree to get the food).
     
  5. Nigel

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    tiger enclosure

    perhaps the zoo could camouflage the viewing areas somewhat , so the people can still peep in and observe the tiger from behind thick vegetation or something
    --- but wont be in full view of the tiger/s . I wonder if this will help in animal behavior enrichment , if the tiger can hear and smell the people , but have a harder job seeing them ?