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Hamerton Zoo Park Hamerton news 2020

Discussion in 'United Kingdom' started by DesertRhino150, 14 Jan 2020.

  1. Jennings

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    There are certainly hobbyists doing amazing work with many rare tropical freshwater species which are seldom seen, let alone bred, in zoos and aquaria. This guy is a case in point: Your tanks: Mark Allison - Practical Fishkeeping
     
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    Barramundi (Lates calcarifer) can grow to 2m eventually and the lungfish are not far behind, although they are much slimmer-bodied and probably grow more slowly - so eventually, if everything goes well, 'fairly large' will not be large enough.
    I doubt if many private aquarists could afford to import a group of young lungfish independently, and manage several large tanks over a period of years to establish an adult pair, breed them and raise a number of fry. It wouldn't be impossible of course, but I'd guess that it would be as expensive as maintaining a collection of high quality koi and much more difficult to achieve.
     
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    My question: who beyond the National fisheries institute qouted has bred Australian lungfish either zoo or private!???
     
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    Utterly wonderful news! Even in these dark times, Hamerton give us reasons to smile.
     
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    Outstanding news!! Thank you so much for the video - that's proper cheered me up :)
     
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    Excellent news; I look forward to seeing the youngster in due course.

    The 1930 birth referred to was a wombat born at Whipsnade, the year before the park opened to the public.

    However that wasn't the last to be born in the UK; another wombat was born at Whipsnade in 1938.
     
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    Two great pieces of news in the last week to lighten the gloom a little at least!
    When was the last dingo birth in the UK?
     
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    Forgive my ignorance: is that normal colouration for dingo pups?
     
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    I believe there are at least three different coat colours for Dingo with the tan being the most common. I don't know enough about the reproductive as to why the pups have exhibited different colouration coming off the two tan parents
     
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    Hamerton announced on Facebook that they have fat sand rats off show and they've recently had 7 pups.
     
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    The observant might have spotted them at last year's IZES meeting at Hamerton, at least one person even managed to get a picture.
     
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    I have just noticed another pleasant bit of animal news from Hamerton, on the news page about donating to the park during the current closure.

    The pair of barking owls, possibly the only ones of their kind outside Australia, are currently defending a nest containing an as yet unknown number of eggs.

    This news is mentioned at the bottom of the page included below:
    Hamerton Zoo Park - Animal Park Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
     
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    Probably explained by the bit in bold...

     
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    This zoo (I can’t wait to go) is fast becoming an Australasian zoo - it’s awesome! Too late for Paignton Bruce, but great to have more Echidna! For Hamerton - maybe Platypus & tree Roos next?
     
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    Bruce @ Paignton is still going strong, is he not?
    .....wondering how many Australian animals are called Bruce. We have a Cereopsis of that name.
     
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