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Discussion in 'General Zoo Discussion' started by Panthera1981, 18 Dec 2014.

  1. Panthera1981

    Panthera1981 Well-Known Member

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    Keeping up the festive fun, and along similar lines to my time travel question, I present the following:

    You have a choice of meeting a group of naturalists/zoological-affiliates. They can be living or departed. You are restricted to 5 guests-who do you bring round for nibbles?My choice would be:

    Stamford Raffles
    Charles Darwin
    Peter Scott
    David Attenborough (lucky enough to have met him already, though briefly!)
    John Aspinall

    I was tempted to include Richard Owen, but feared the inevitable punch-up that would ensue between him and Darwin!
     
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    Animal Friendly Well-Known Member

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    From the zoo fraternity, Doug Richardson, Gerald Durrel, David Gill, and two lady keepers, Tracey Lee from London and Teresa Martin, former head of gorillas, Twycross Zoo. From Zoo Chat members, Pertinax, Jane Doe, Community Zoo, Shorts and Maz.And a most enjoyable evening would be had by all!
     
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    I have taken my time to think about this one. I would certainly want Darwin, but I'd want the other guests to be able to interest him by talking about their own work and ideas of evolution.
    My second choice would be the late John Maynard Smith, who was an outstanding expositor of evolution and made contributions linked to game theory. To describe and explain genetics and molecular biology the obvious choice would be the late Francis Crick. From reading their books and hearing Smith lecture I think they would both be good dinner guests too.
    My final guests would be Peter and Rosemary Grant, who have studied the details of the way natural selection operates on the Darwin's finches on Daphne Major (one of the Galapagos Islands that Darwin did not visit) for many years.
    Of course one dinner would not be nearly long enough. A weekend would be much better and I would have liked to invite some of Darwin's friends to keep him company, Joseph Hooker and Thomas Henry Huxley of course and Wallace too, provided that he promised not to mention spiritualism.

    Alan
     
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    Wallace, Darwin and Livingstone would be very intresting persons to have a talk with !
    From "zoo-people" I was fortunalte enough to meet and talk with mr. Geschke ( founder of Walsrode ), mr. Brehm ( his son in law and the director of Walsrode when I worked there ) and mr. Scheres ( the director at the moment ), Henk Wareman ( founder of Taman Indonesia in the Netherlands and a good friend of me )and Koen Brouwer and Cathy King.
    ZooChatters I've already spoken are Zooman and Devilfish but would like to dine ( and talk ) with a lot more ( like Chlidonias, Hix, Kifaru Bwana, Gentle Lemur, Pertinax, Maguari, Toto55, Juancho and TeaLovingDave ) !
     
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    hahahahahahahaha:eek::D:eek::D:eek::D
     
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    Steve irwin Steve backshall and his crew Charles Darwin David Attenborough terri irwin
     
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    • Abraham Bartlett
    • Sir Peter Chalmers Mitchell
    • Carl Hagenbeck
    • Ludwig Heck
    • Lee S. Crandall
     
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    Wow Terri Irwin and David Gill. Thinking it must be closer to April 1st.

    My choice (sticking with biologists/zoo people) - Darwin, Attenborough, Gerald Durrell, Carl Hagenbeck, Heini Hediger. Wallace, Bates and Von Humboldt unlucky to miss a spot. Also for something a little different most of the Victorian plant hunters would be good value (would have insane stories) ie Robert Fortune. Apologies for lack of women or ethic diversity at the table.
     
  9. TeaLovingDave

    TeaLovingDave Moderator Staff Member

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    In terms of a list comprising people i will certainly never meet due to their being deceased..... Clin Keeling, Raymond Sawyer, Gerald Durrell, Frank Wheeler, Luke Yeomans.

    Pretty much a comprehensive span of interests too:

    Clin: zoo historian
    Gerald: zoo owner
    Raymond: a bird man
    Frank: a small mammal man
    Luke: a herp man
     
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    For me it would have to be the Late John Foden,the late Luke Yeomans,Mark O'Shea,Shaun Foggett and somebody that many people will never have heard of Mark Dainty!!
     
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    Snake man?
     
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    Jacques Cousteau
    Charles Darwin
    Jane Goodall
    Dian Fossey
    George Schaller

    I think Fossey would be the most interesting one.
     
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    Clinton Keeling, Jean Delacour (met him briefly once), Peter Scott, Gerald Durrell, Raymond Sawyer (used to see him fairly often).