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Current Mammals In New Zealand Zoos

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by Chlidonias, 27 Apr 2010.

  1. Payne

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    Camelids in NZ

    Majority of pure guanaco left in NZ are at my farm, Big Ears Llama Ranch, North Canterbury. DNA testing has shown them to be pure ( ie not hybridised with alpaca/vicuna ) although in some cases back breeding to llama is evident in their phenotype. Advances in DNA analysis capabilities has allowed scientists in SA to confirm that the guanaco is in fact a wild llama and conversely that the llama is a domesticated guanaco.

    But the guanaco is still alive, well and being bred in NZ.

    Cheers

    Keith
     
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    Do you have any evidence where Alpaca fit in this? Is it a domesticated form of Vicuna, or another branch/type of domesticated Guanaco?
     
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    llama/alpaca

    Yes, scientists in SA have determined that llama are domesticated guanaco and alpaca have the same relationship with vicuna. Two major factors which influence the phenotype of present day llama and alpaca are morphology changes which accompany the change from wild to domestic and the extent of hybridisation ( llama/alpaca ), they have estimated that up to 90% of alpaca in SA have been hybridised since the Spanish toppled the Inca and up to 50% of llama. If you are interested I can direct you towards scientific studies which support this.

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    Thanks for the response.As I thought but probably as far as I want to go with this though.:)
     
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    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    a few months late with the news, but the last ruffed lemur at Willowbank was put to sleep in October due to health issues.
     
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    Auckland Zoo's last Sealion - Kipper was euthanised today - she was born at the Zoo in 1993.
     
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    I thought she would be around for a few more years yet.

    As an item of interest, Californian Sealion is the first exotic mammal species "lost" to the country since 2014. None were lost in 2015 but that year three "new" mammals made their appearance, with capybara, gorilla and bongo.
     
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    I'm quite sad she has died, the big sealions were especially impressive in that exhibit, and the comparisons with fur seals was brilliant. If only a Hookers needing rescuing...

    A graph of total number of exotic species in NZ by year would be interesting....
     
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    Faith, the last hippo in New Zealand, was put to sleep yesterday due to fatal haemorrhagic respiratory disease (see the Auckland Zoo news thread).
     
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    Would Common Hippo be an allowed import if desired by any NZ zoos again ?
     
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    I don't think import is currently possible into Australia or NZ, but it is supposed to be a priority...

    I would hope Auckland would look at instead acquiring pygmy hippo (which also cannot currently be imported), as they don't really have the space for even a small common hippo herd. But I would imagine any hippo import would take a while to occur, probably NZ will remain hippo-less for 5+ years.
     
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    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    hippos cannot be imported to either NZ or Australia.
     
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    the male tapir was put to sleep a few days ago, due to age-related issues.
    Farewell Mr Branco - Hamilton Zoo
     
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    Why? When nyalas can - the same in Artiodactyla order?
     
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    because hippos aren't antelope. It doesn't matter what order they belong to, the individual import standards are for specific species or groups of species.
     
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    Ok, but the reasons, or import for hippos is simply banned for no reasons?

    Also is there any news that New Zealand will get koalas from the close Australia in near future?