Join our zoo community

Birmingham Nature Centre Birmingham wildlife conservation park: news 2018

Discussion in 'United Kingdom' started by Charlie Simmomds, 13 Jan 2018.

  1. Charlie Simmomds

    Charlie Simmomds Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    6 Nov 2016
    Posts:
    867
    Location:
    Birmingham
    Starting the year off with a new animal for the collection. A friend of mine volunteers at the park and puts up photos of the animals she works with on a regular basis.

    Today one of these was the Patagonian Mara, a new species for the collection which in my opinion fit in really well with the current stock and the size of the centre as well.
     
    Brum likes this.
  2. Giant Panda

    Giant Panda Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    24 Jan 2016
    Posts:
    716
    Location:
    UK
    I noticed these last week. They're currently in the squirrel monkey enclosure.
     
    Charlie Simmomds and Brum like this.
  3. Animallover1998

    Animallover1998 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    20 Aug 2017
    Posts:
    115
    Location:
    West Midlands
    Haven't they already kept Mara at BWCP before in the past while it was known as the Nature Centre? Because I'm pretty sure I remember seeing them there back in June 2012.
     
  4. TeaLovingDave

    TeaLovingDave Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    16 May 2010
    Posts:
    7,974
    Location:
    Wilds of Northumberland
    Correct; in fact, to the best of my recollection the ones at Birmingham were the first I saw :p
     
  5. Charlie Simmomds

    Charlie Simmomds Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    6 Nov 2016
    Posts:
    867
    Location:
    Birmingham
    I personally don't remember seeing them when I was younger but I'm most likely mistaken.
     
  6. Animallover1998

    Animallover1998 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    20 Aug 2017
    Posts:
    115
    Location:
    West Midlands
    Well, either way I'm happy to hear that they are back in the collection. :)
     
  7. AdrianW1963

    AdrianW1963 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    15 Oct 2016
    Posts:
    325
    Location:
    Black Country
    I can remember seeing them (Mara) in 2011 they were mixed with the Ring tailed coati in the now small monkey mixed enclosure
     
  8. Charlie Simmomds

    Charlie Simmomds Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    6 Nov 2016
    Posts:
    867
    Location:
    Birmingham
    The park have confirmed they have 4 Mara.
     
  9. Leopardus

    Leopardus Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    24 Jul 2015
    Posts:
    45
    Location:
    Birmingham
    A male Chinese Crocodile Lizard (Shinisaurus crocodilurus) has gone on-show in the former Rhinoceros Ratsnake enclosure in the reptile house.
     
    Swampy, Charlie Simmomds and Brum like this.
  10. Charlie Simmomds

    Charlie Simmomds Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    6 Nov 2016
    Posts:
    867
    Location:
    Birmingham
    Another lifer for me after the black tree monitor!
     
  11. Eric

    Eric Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    12 Aug 2017
    Posts:
    88
    Location:
    London
    I'm intending to visit up from London soon.Hoping it's worth it it.? Given the limited size of the place,am i right in assuming that seasonally,the animal stocklists change. Some species leave to make room for other species?
     
  12. TeaLovingDave

    TeaLovingDave Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    16 May 2010
    Posts:
    7,974
    Location:
    Wilds of Northumberland
    No more than is the case at any other zoological collection, nor is the collection all that small compared to many others - for comparison, BWCP covers approximately 8.5 acres, not far off the 10 acres covered by Bristol Zoo, and very likely uses a greater proportion of its footplan for exhibits than does the latter collection, whilst somewhere like Battersea Park Children's Zoo or Shaldon Zoo covers only 2 acres.
     
  13. Shorts

    Shorts Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    29 Apr 2009
    Posts:
    1,752
    Location:
    Behind You! (to the left)
    Eric, just to manage expectations, I would point out that although BWCP uses a greater proportion of it's area for enclosures (no vast "wasteful" lawns) many of these are paddocks meaning that it has considerably less to look at than Bristol, especially when considering Bristol's well stocked reptile house and invert house (and small aquarium too). That's not to say BWCP is not a great little place (I always enjoy my visits) just that Bristol's in a different league (arguably the best "small/smaller" zoo in UK). Check Zootierliste for clarification if needed.
     
    Brum, ThomasNotTom, pipaluk and 2 others like this.
  14. Eric

    Eric Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    12 Aug 2017
    Posts:
    88
    Location:
    London
    Thanks folks,for the helpful input for my impending first visit. I'm ever the keen zoo fan,and my interest is still peaked just to see it for a first time visitor,to judge for myself.
     
  15. Brum

    Brum Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    27 May 2011
    Posts:
    2,145
    Location:
    Birmingham, UK
    6.5 compared to 12, just over half the size... :p
     
  16. Shorts

    Shorts Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    29 Apr 2009
    Posts:
    1,752
    Location:
    Behind You! (to the left)
    Somebody's going to have to get a tape measure out*. :D In my mind Brum seems nearer the mark but I sometimes struggle with areas (for those that remember my incorrect belief that Twycross' Giraffe enclosure/paddock was not much bigger than it's predecessor -woefully wrong:oops:).

    *Failing that we could arrange a fight and sell tickets with proceeds to conservation charity. I initially thought a drinking contest might be more civilised but thought that might turn out a bit one sided.:)
     
    Brum likes this.
  17. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    13 Jun 2007
    Posts:
    19,131
    Location:
    everywhere
    Or a drinking contest followed by a fight. Isn't that how it normally goes?
     
  18. Brum

    Brum Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    27 May 2011
    Posts:
    2,145
    Location:
    Birmingham, UK
    My measurements come from the IZES guide by Tim Brown. And I would much rather have a drinking contest, no fist fight afterwards. If I can't win on beer alone then I don't want to play! :p

    And I'm perplexed as to how I have this reputation as a big drinker, I just enjoy a refreshing alcoholic beverage when appropriate! :p
     
    pipaluk likes this.
  19. Shorts

    Shorts Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    29 Apr 2009
    Posts:
    1,752
    Location:
    Behind You! (to the left)
    Why did you automatically assume I was suggesting you were the big drinker who'd win?:) Case proven.:p
     
    Brum likes this.
  20. Zooreviewsuk

    Zooreviewsuk Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    14 May 2017
    Posts:
    368
    Location:
    Blackpool
    I'm amazed by the sizes put up here. I know Bristol is small but it feels far bigger than BNC. I went to BNC last autumn having done Dudley in the morning and can safely say I covered it thoroughly in an hour, and that included a good 20 minutes trying to view the Loris and get a nice picture in the Nocturnal house (my fav part). I loved the Red Panda exhibit there though, it was really good.

    If it is only a couple of acres smaller than Bristol, then I'm amazed and Bristol definitely has far more in it's grounds and uses it's space far better.