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Great Hoof-Stock/Antelope Enclosures/Collection

Discussion in 'General Zoo Discussion' started by Kudu21, 17 Jan 2010.

  1. Kudu21

    Kudu21 Well-Known Member

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    Since hooved-animals are my favorite group of animals, I have been wondering what you all think are the must see hoof-stock and in particular antelope exhibits and collections in the United States.
     
  2. Zambar

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    Don't know any in the US, so I'll let the other members fill you in there. ;)

    Should you ever make it to Europe and the UK, I would say Marwell, my local, has the best hoofstock collection, and has since it started, dream't as a mix of two great hoofstock zoos: Whipsnade in the UK and the now-closed Catskill Game Farm in the US.
    As of writing, Marwell's hoofstock comprises:

    Equuids
    Przewalski's Horse
    Somali Wild Ass
    Grevy's Zebra
    Hartmann's Mountain Zebra
    Chapman's Zebra
    Rhinos
    Southern White Rhinoceros
    Tapirs
    Brazillian Tapir
    Antelope
    Scimitar-Horned Oryx
    Arabian Oryx
    Gemsbok
    Sable Antelope
    Roan Antelope
    Addax
    Dama Gazelle
    Dorcas Gazelle
    Bongo
    Nyala
    Greater Kudu
    Speke's Sitatunga
    Ellipsen Waterbuck
    Black Wildebeest
    Cattle and Goat-Antelopes
    Congo Buffalo
    Ankole Cattle
    Lowland Anoa
    Mishmi Takin
    Pigs, Peccaries and Hippos
    Warthog
    Collared Peccary
    Pygmy Hippopotamus
    Camelids
    Bactrian Camel
    Vicuna
    Giraffids
    Giraffe
    Okapi

    On mainland Europe, I woud definately reccomend Dvur Kralove in the Czech Republic.
     
  3. Kudu21

    Kudu21 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Zambar! That sounds like a wonderful zoo with a wonderful hoof-stock collection. Too bad it's unlikely that I'll make it to Europe any time soon.
     
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    In the brilliant book "America's Best Zoos" the authors Nyhuis and Wassner rank the 10 best American zoos for "hoofed animal collections and exhibits":

    #1 - San Diego Wild Animal Park
    #2 - Denver Zoo

    The rest are in alphabetical order:

    Bronx Zoo
    Disney's Animal Kingdom
    Los Angeles Zoo
    Miami Metrozoo
    Montgomery Zoo
    Oklahoma City Zoo
    Sedgwick County Zoo
    Saint Louis Zoo
     
  5. Arizona Docent

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    San Diego Wild Animal Park is undoubtedly the best, but it seems to me they do not have as many species in the main open field exhibit (East Africa) as they used to. And now the main tram (that replaced the monorail) does not go into the remaining Asian field exhibit or near the sheep and goat hill. The second Asian field exhibit was converted to Central African and has like two species of antelope - really disappointing.

    In spite of this, it is still probably the best hoofstock collection and overall one of the best zoological parks anywhere.


    If you are interested in strictly North American hoofstock, I think the tram ride at Northwest Trek would be hard to beat. It goes through several hundred acres of natural forest/hills with bison, mountain goat, bighorn sheep, elk, moose, blacktail deer.
     
  6. Kudu21

    Kudu21 Well-Known Member

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    Thank you both! The San Diego Wild Animal Park, Los Angeles Zoo, and the Bronx Zoo were already on my top to visit list, but it seems like I'll have a few more to add!
     
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    Dallas also has some great hoofstock exhibits in the Wilds of Africa.

    Okapi
    Nubian Ibex (soon!)
    Grevy's Zebra
    Bongo (soon)
    Waterbuck
    Scimitar-Horned Oryx
    Addra Gazelle
    Goitered Gazelle
    Addax
    Gemsbok
    Gerenuk
    Greater Kudu
    Impala
    Thomson's Gazelle
    Grant's Zebra
    Klipspringer

    and soon in the Savanna
    Giraffe
    Impala
    Grant's Zebra
     
  8. Arizona Docent

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    I wonder if Dallas is the only traditional zoo in the U.S. to exhibit two different species of zebra?

    I also forgot, Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium here in Arizona is quite good. Exhibits themselves are somewhat generic, basically a series of large square fields, but a pretty good hoofstock collection (in fact, a good general collection). A partial list, just what I remember off the top of my head:

    arabian oryx
    scimitar oryx
    african oryx (gemsbok)
    addax
    chinese water deer
    reeves muntjac
    blackbuck
    plains zebra
    thomsons gazelle
    spekes gazelle
    giraffe
    white rhino
    roan antelope
    waterbuck
    axis deer
    dik-dik
    black duiker
    dromedary camel
     
  9. Kudu21

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    Thanks jbnbsn99! Actually I was looking around the Dallas Zoo gallary earlier and I was quite impressed. I was really excited to see the Goitered Gazelle! Only found in 3 zoos in the United States!

    Thanks Arizona Docent! That's as well sounds great! Chinese Water Deer would be wonderful to see! Found in only 3 US zoos as well. As well as it would be to see Roan Antelope, Black Duiker, and Arabian oryx!
     
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    Good luck seeing the Arabian Goitered Gazelles (I still don't know why they are in the Wilds of Africa), they haven't been on exhibit in months.
     
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    Another place to look into is Fossil Rim in Glen Rose TX. Huge drive through park that is actually AZA accredited. Too many antelope and deer to name. BTW, Fossil Rim has all 3 species of zebra.
     
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    Oklahoma City has Grant's and Grevy's.
     
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    I was just looking at their website the other day and I was thrilled! Just like The Wilds we have up here in Ohio.

    @ The Goitered Gazelles- Hm. ISIS still says that Dallas has 1.2. Though antelope species are being fased out of the US so who knows. Ah well, it says that the San Diego Wild Animal Park as well.
     
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    1.1 now I think. They should also be coming out in the Spring again. They rotate with the Addra Gazelles. To much interspecies aggression for the mixing of the two.
     
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    Ah. I've noticed that Addra Gazelles are never kept with anything but their own species it seems. So it does not surprise me.
     
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    I saw Addra gazelles mixed with some birds and another antelope species (forgot which) at the Honolulu Zoo.
     
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    Addra Gazelles are kept with Addax and Slender-Horned Gazelles at the SDWAP...
     
  18. jbnbsn99

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    Ours are kept with Scimitar-horned Oryx.
     
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    Marwell's addras are mixed with the gemsbok. Before that they lived with the giraffes and congo buffalo.
     
  20. Kudu21

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    XD Sorry. I just thought since they are the larger species, that when sharing the same space with another animal besides their own, that they could possibly be more agressive and bully around the smaller species for food and space and such. I didn't mean that they were not kept with anything else. The zoos I've seen them at keep them in smaller sized yards (Memphis,Cincy,ect) and I could see why they may bully around a smaller species.