Or, let's talk about something that isn't great apes, big cats or elephants! So many threads on here about the big-hitters that many of the more unusual species seem to get short shrift. I have to say that personally I am always far more interested in seeing the weird stuff than the common - species I haven't seen before, in some cases am unlikely to see again. It's always interesting to find the odd things that are lurking out there in zoo-land, and there's nothing on telly, so i thought I'd share some of my favourite recent spots (these from a recent Dutch/German zoo tour with some fellow zoochatters). http://www.zoochat.com/457/capuchin-bird-nop-veldhoven-16-05-a-83536/ http://www.zoochat.com/457/capuchin-bird-nop-veldhoven-16-05-a-83654/ A very strange bird, with a particularly haunting call. This one was in the tropical free-flight area at the Dutch Parrot Refuge/NOP/Papegaaien Park in Veldhoven, Netherlands. This was a good house for oddities - check the gallery for more weird stuff! http://www.zoochat.com/1031/crab-eating-raccoon-bestzoo-16-05-a-90646/ The species that is now my avatar - this particular individual was incredibly active, attempting to grab the camera and eating in a strangely primate-like manner, moving food to its mouth with a single paw. Cracking little animals. http://www.zoochat.com/1028/stalk-eyed-fly-aquazoo-14-05-a-90557/ And the award for most unexpected zoo animal goes to... the family Diopsidae. Wonderful things to see - in fact the Aquazoo invertebrate collection was very good all round. http://www.zoochat.com/1029/slaty-headed-parakeet-plantaria-14-05-a-90468/ Special mention to this species as although this was my first good look at one close up, I have seen this species in the wild in Nepal some years ago. Spotted as part of the incredible parrot collection at NiederRheinPark Plantaria. http://www.zoochat.com/37/saiga-koeln-12-05-09-a-82270/ Those who know me will accuse me of being predictable with this one - but this is a wonderfully odd beast, and the probably the last one in a European zoo (depending on your definitions of 'Europe' and 'zoo' - I believe Askaniya Nova still has loads). http://www.zoochat.com/37/vietnam-gecko-koeln-12-05-09-a-82248/ Gekko scientiadventura is such a glorious name that this species gets instant bonus points. And now, zoo enthusiasts of the world, over to you! What new oddities and rarities have you come across lately? Photos welcome but of course optional.