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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Wieselkind, 3 Feb 2015.

  1. Wieselkind

    Wieselkind Member

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    Great to find this community (and ZootierListe)

    I love Zoos, and Zoo History.
    I've been obsessed since I was a child, (thanks to Paignton and DWP).
    I used to borrow the London Zoo Architecture book from the library for months at a time. (Eventually I bought myself a copy)
    I do collect some ephemera, mainly pre- WW2 postcards.

    My current home Zoo is London, but fond memories of Al Ain, Sharjah, Paignton and Dartmoor Zoo (then known as Sparkwell Wildlife Park)
    I've only managed to make a small dent into Continental Zoos so far.

    Alas, I am not a Zookeeper or Zoo Vet as younger me would have liked, but aspiring natural history curator seems a fair compromise. (Animals! Taxonomy! lots of places worldwide to indulge my obsession!)

    Luckily other-half doesn't mind being dragged around Zoos (and Museums) and even suggested a trip to the Zoo for Valentine's Day.:D
     
  2. dean

    dean Well-Known Member

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    Welcome WK I'm sure from your intro, you will find heaven on earth here.
     
  3. TeaLovingDave

    TeaLovingDave Moderator Staff Member

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    Great to have a new member join who - like myself - has an interest in zoo history, taxonomy and small carnivores :) I've also only visited a small number of continental collections myself - I am in the process of writing about my experiences in Berlin and surrounding cities in this thread: http://www.zoochat.com/109/german-adventures-tea-loving-dave-april-358566/

    As such, don't be daunted by the fact you have not made much of a dent in continental collections!
     
  4. Wieselkind

    Wieselkind Member

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    Great reports Dave, looking forward to more.

    I've been totting up and I actually seem to have been to as many German Zoos as British, however I was very young when I want to some of them so barely remember a thing. (except the Penguins at Edinburgh)

    I need to go back to Zoo Berlin and see all those marvellous small carnivores.
     
  5. Parrotsandrew

    Parrotsandrew Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to ZooChat from someone who has never set foot outside the United Kingdom (and within it has spent only 3 to 4 hours off the island of Great Britain).
     
  6. vogelcommando

    vogelcommando Well-Known Member

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    Also from the Netherlands welcome to ZooChat !
     
  7. Wieselkind

    Wieselkind Member

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    Thanks for the welcome, seems a friendly place. Hopefully there will be some UK meet ups.
    Which is your No. 1 Dutch zoo Vogelcommando?
     
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  8. Megakillerwhale

    Megakillerwhale Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to Zoochat