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Cassowaries at Paignton

Discussion in 'United Kingdom' started by zooman64, 24 Jan 2016.

  1. zooman64

    zooman64 Well-Known Member

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    Does anyone know what species/subspecies of cassowary was/were kept at Paignton Zoo from about 1930 to 1942?
     
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    Tim May Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    Also see:-

    Taxonomy of the Genus Casuarius

    According to this, London Zoo obtained a Casuarius casuarius grandis from Paignton Zoo about 1930 that died in London Zoo in 1942; skin and skeleton at Tring Zoology Museum.

    I assume that this is the same specimen as the one referred to on ZooTierreList
     
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    Thanks Tim. That's very helpful.
     
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    Does anyone know about the cassowaries that are kept there now, i.e. what sex and which sub-species? Are they 'pure'?
    I have always loved the enclosures they are in at Paignton and I reckon there is an off-show pair too?
     
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    My scant unofficial knowledge of them is that they had a pair of Southern Cassowaries, Alfie & Marina, who hatched a son, Alfie Junior, in 2003 and he's still there. Alfie Snr died in 2010 and Marina in 2011. Two chicks were imported in 2009 (from Madrid?). The 2013/14 Annual Review says there are 3 males.
     
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