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  1. Onychorhynchus coronatus

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    Murals and mosaics are an art form that when done well can really enhance the aesthetics of a zoo by showcasing the grandeur of nature and often complements the environmental education of visitors too.

    What are some examples of murals or mosaics (either historic or contemporary) at zoos (or natural history museums) that you think are particularly good ?

    Why do you personally like these ?


    Look forward to reading your replies !
     
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    Here are some examples of murals that I've seen in the gallery and liked.

    Swamp mosaic, Saint Louis zoo, USA:
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    Art Noveau lion & tiger mosaics, Antwerp zoo, Belgium:
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    Orangutang graffiti mural, Jersey zoo, UK :
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    Golden snub nosed monkey mural, Guangzhou zoo, China:
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    Asiatic jungle mural, Port Lympne zoo, UK:
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    Mosaic, Smithsonian zoo, USA:
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    Aviary mural, Wildlife HQ zoo, Australia:
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    Asiatic wetland & grassland murals, San Francisco zoo, USA:
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    Indonesian wildlife mural, Raguan zoo, Indonesia:
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    Photo credits to @Gigit, @snowleopard, @Chlidonias, @WhistlingKite24, @TinoPup, @Tim May, @FunkyGibbon and @Zambar.
     
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    A shame that there's an African elephant on it...

    Pairi Daiza have some mosaics on the pathways around the Chinese pavilions iirc and there are a few others that com to mind for decorative walls.

    Living Coasts had this:
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    Puget Sound Aquarium has this quite nice mural of some often ignored marine life:

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    And this long one from Shenyang Forest zoo:

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    Thanks for your comment @amur leopard !

    Yes, I thought the same hahaha, it does seem to have been modelled more on an African elephant than an Asiatic one which is a shame I agree.

    The living coast mural is a little lacklustre but I like the sea anenome one and as you've said it does highlight more ignored sea life.

    The Shengyang forest mural is great and looks very well painted even if I'm not all that fond of pandas, lol.
     
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    Turaco graffiti / wall art , Dudley zoo, UK :
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    Conservation center mosaic, Tulsa zoo, USA:
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    South East Asian wildlife wall art, ZSL London, UK:
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    Nocturnal animal wall art, ZSL London zoo, UK:
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    Faintly Gaugauin looking mural at Point Defiance Zoo, USA:
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    Elephant revenge mural , Port Lympne zoo, UK:
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    Photo credits to @MagpieGoose, @Ituri, @Crowthorne, @keith8404.
     
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    External wall of the tierpark
     
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    Which tierpark in particular?
     
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    Berlin Tierpark, there were a few more along the external wall
     
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    Vienna zoo, side of a animal building, insect house?
     

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    Looks like Saint Francis of Assisi and a congregation of birds
     
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    Brno zoo, entrance DSC_0007_7.jpg DSC_0009_7.jpg
     
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    Usti nad labem sun bear enclosure P1030168.JPG
     
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    Egyptian house Antwerp Zoo IMG_20140614_160754.jpg