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Australasian Mandrill Population

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  1. Zoofan15

    Zoofan15 Well-Known Member

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    Australasian Mandrill Population

    Mandrills are currently held at two facilities and descend from a small number of founders.

    Melbourne Zoo’s last Mandrills were Louise (born 25/02/1986 at Adelaide Zoo) and her daughter, Timbiri (born 23/12/1994 at Melbourne Zoo). They bred with a male named Yonaton (born 19/10/1994 at Jerusalem Biblical Zoo) to produce a handful of offspring - including Lara in 2002, Tabah in 2005 and Leroy in 2007. Melbourne Zoo phased out Mandrill from their collection in 2017, upon the deaths of Louise and Timbiri.

    Adelaide currently hold the only breeding troop in the region (Tasmania Zoo hold a non breeding pair); and since they feature in the zoo’s masterplan, their future at the zoo appears to be secure.

    Adelaide Zoo:

    1.0 Tabah (05/04/2005) Yonaton x Timbiri
    1.0 Jumoke (09/10/2017) Tabah x Niari
    0.1 Niari (00/05/1996) Unknown x Unknown
    0.1 Moabi (00/03/1998) Unknown x Unknown
    0.1 Mayombe (28/10/2010) Tabah x Niari

    Tasmania Zoo:

    1.0 Kouilou (00/04/2011) Tabah x Moabi
    0.1 Lara (20/01/2002) Yonaton x Louise

    Total regional population: 3.4
     
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    Since Mandrills fit so well into the African forest exhibits so well I am surprised that both Taronga and the Melbourne zoos do not have a group at each zoo. So if one takes out the Bongo, Mandrills and Pygmy Hippos, It appears to be an under whelming display all up.
     
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  3. Zoofan15

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    I don’t think anyone understands why Melbourne Zoo phased this species out. The world’s most colourful mammal was highly popular with the visitors and a perfect species for any city zoo.

    I really hope this species persists in the region, though I’m not aware of any other facilities planning to acquire them. The females at Adelaide are getting on in their years, so hopefully some fresh imports will tie in with the masterplan.
     
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    How much would it cost to import a couple of Mandrills for Tasmania Zoo? Is it time to start a “go fund me” page?
     
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    Historical Information on Adelaide’s Mandrill

    I’ve found out some additional information on Adelaide’s troop (including the origin and parentage of their females):

    Adelaide Zoo have held Mandrill since 1963.

    Niari and Moabi were both born at Adelaide Zoo. Niari was born May 1996 to a female named Sanaga; Moabi was born March 1998 to a female named Penny.

    Penny (born 1988) was the ninth Mandrill born at Adelaide zoo; Sanaga (born 1991) was the twelfth. (Note: Louise, who was born at Adelaide Zoo in 1986, was presumably a sister or half sister to Penny and Sanaga).

    The sire of Niari and Moabi was a male named Brazza. He was born at Taronga Zoo in November 1987. Another of his offspring was a male named Manja (born to Penny), who was sent to Tasmania Zoo.

    0.1 Niari (00/05/1996) Brazza x Sanaga
    0.1 Moabi (00/03/1998) Brazza x Penny
     
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    According to adelaide zoo's website they now have only three mandrill
    1.0 Tabah (05/04/2005) Yonaton x Timbiri
    1.0 Jumoke (09/10/2017) Tabah x Niari
    0.1 Niari (00/05/1996) Unknown x Unknown
    Does anyone know what may have happened to
    0.1 Moabi (00/03/1998) Unknown x Unknown
    0.1 Mayombe (28/10/2010) Tabah x Niari
    is it possible they went to Tasmania maybe even Melbourne zoo? or have they since died? I do remember only seeing three when I visited two weeks ago and just assumed the other two were hiding or off display
     
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    I think it’s unlikely they’d split the mother and daughter pair of Niari and Mayombe, unless Mayombe was urgently needed for breeding. While she’s the only reproductive age female in the region, the male at Tasmania Zoo is her half brother and not an ideal match when it’s possible to import more from overseas.

    A new Mandrill exhibit features in Adelaide’s masterplan, so whatever the outcome, I’m hopeful they’ll import some young females in the near future to reboot their troop.
     
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