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Discussion in 'Australia' started by Monty, 17 Apr 2011.

  1. Monty

    Monty Well-Known Member

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    Has anyone been to this zoo.

    I went to a wedding in Cessnock on Friday and saw a sign to this zoo. I went in to see what they had, as it was late in the afternoon. Unfortunately the zoo had a sign saying it shut at 4:00 which it was at the time, and I never had another chance to go again.

    It looked small and I thought I would have had time to have a quick look if it stayed open to 5:00.
     
  2. Steve Robinson

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    You would have been very pleasantly surprised.

    glyn visited [or was going to] recently.

    He may have some impressions.
     
  3. Jabiru96

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    I believe they had a macaque birth late last year/early this year.
     
  4. Astrobird

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    Has anyone been here recently to give us a review? or photos?? I notice from their news letters, they have new spider monkeys (where do they come from - they dont look like Cairns Safari's) and they've had a few breeding successes recently too...
     
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    Yeh I went a few weekends ago. Ill write a review soon
     
  6. FriendOfTheZoo

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    I have friends in Cessnock and have seen pics on their FB - looks like a really neat little zoo.
     
  7. tdierikx

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    This zoo seems to have had a lot of expansion/additions recently... looks like I'm going to have to get my own butt (and camera) out there soon...

    Taronga have sent some animals there recently too.

    T.
     
  8. zooboy28

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    What animals did Taronga send?
     
  9. tdierikx

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    Fennec Foxes for sure... the ones that were housed between the big cats at Taronga are now at Hunter Valley.

    Rumours about a couple of other species, but haven't confirmed those for sure, so won't post here...

    T.
     
  10. Astrobird

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    do they still do their newsletters? They used to be good for updates and information, but I haven't received one for quite some time now, and I find the website very uninformative - I look forward to hearing more about this place - lots of photos in the gallery will be great!
     
  11. tdierikx

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    They update their Facebook page regularly...

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  12. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    are there still fennecs at Taronga, or did they all go to Hunter Valley? And is it a permanent move?
     
  13. Jabiru96

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    Yes there are. The ones between the big cats were the offspring of the breeding pair, while the breeding pair have moved to an enclosure up in the African Waterhole.
     
  14. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    ah, very good. Thanks for that.
     
  15. tdierikx

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    The breeding pair and last litter are in the new enclosure... which is a great enclosure for getting nice photos of them... *grin*... nice and bright and the mesh isn't as hard to see through as with the old enclosure.

    T.
     
  16. Sunbear12

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    A bit of exciting new from Hunter Valley Zoo.

     
  17. Jabiru96

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    Interesting! I wonder where they will source them from (as I believe that there are 1.3 still left in Australia as far as a I am aware)? Can tapirs be imported yet?
     
  18. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    tapirs can be imported, but I very much expect they are simply taking one of the animals already in Australia. My money would be on the one at Taronga.
     
  19. Jabiru96

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    I would tend to agree with you but considering he was very sick not long ago (not sure if he has recovered) in my opinion Berani at Taronga won't be going anywhere soon.
     
  20. tdierikx

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    Hunter Valley have already received some animals from Taronga... definitely the Fennec Foxes, most likely the Spider Monkeys, rumour has it that they may be getting the Lions... so why not possible that they have stuck up their hand for Berani?

    Taronga are redesigning the area that Berani is currently housed in, so he would either have to move anyways, or be euthanaised, so why not find him his final home at Hunter Valley?

    T.