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Discussion in 'United Kingdom' started by bongorob, 20 Aug 2015.

  1. bongorob

    bongorob Well-Known Member

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    From a visit on 19th August 2015

    Negros Warty Pig (Sus cebifrons negrinus)
    Twin-wattled Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius)

    Bali Temple
    Rothschild's Mynah (Leucopsar rothschildi)
    Java Sparrow (Lonchura oryzivora)
    Yellow-backed Chattering Lory (Lorius garrulus flavopalliatus)

    Javan Banteng (Bos javanicus javanicus)

    Monsoon House
    Javan Rhinoceros Hornbill (Buceros rhinoceros silvestris)
    Tentacled Snake (Erpeton tentaculatum)
    Buffalo Leech (Hirudinaria manillensis)
    Red Vampire Crab (Geosesarma hagen)
    Sulawesi Crested Macaque (Macaca nigra)
    False Gharial (Tomistoma schlegelii)
    Bornean Giant Pond Turtle (Orlitia borneensis)
    Common Scissortail Rasbora (Rasbora trilineata)
    Burmese Brown Tortoise (Manouria emys emys)

    only one new species after Monsoon Forest

    Lowland Anoa (Bubalus depressicornis), then it is the outdoor macaque enclosure and Babirusa (still under construction) before the shop and exit road.


    no birds in the Monsoon Forest yet but signs were seen for

    Superb Fruit Dove (Ptilinopsis superbus)
    Scissor-billed Starling (Scissirotstrum dubium)
    Blue-backed Fairy bluebird (Irena puella)
    Nicobar Pigeon (Caloenas nicobarica)
    White-naped Pheasant Pigeon (Otidiphaps nobilis nobilis)
    Victoria Crowned Pigeon (Goura victoria)
    Roulroul (Rollulus roulroul)
    Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps indica)

    canopy plants labelled were
    Fig (Ficus religiosa)
    Jasmine (Jasminum sambac)
    Purple Mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana)
    Durian (Durio zibethinus)
    Shell Ginger (Alpinia zerumbet)
    Jackfruit (Arctocarpus heterophyllus)
    Paw Paw (Carica papayra)
     
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  2. Pootle

    Pootle Well-Known Member

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    I assume that all the plants listed on your list are real and not plastic imitations? I ask because I read there are some plastic trees, but the plant species you have listed are a really good choice and interesting for such an exhibit, especially the Durian.

    Also, was there the sounds of thunder and rainfall being played through speakers within the Monsoon exhibit?
     
  3. bongorob

    bongorob Well-Known Member

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    The plants are real, I don't remember any noise playing. There was a rainstorm scheduled for 12 noon, but GentleLemur and I had left the building by then.
     
  4. kiang

    kiang Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    Do the anoa have an indoor enclosure in the monsoon forest?
     
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    bongorob Well-Known Member

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    I edited my post so that there is no confusion. I hope.
     
  6. gentle lemur

    gentle lemur Well-Known Member

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    The only fake plants I spotted were a Titan arum flower and a Rafflesia flower - but that may just mean that any other fakes were better or that I'm not expert enough to spot them ;) I have just a posted a photo showing the real immature Titan arum plant.

    Alan
     
  7. ChesterZooFan

    ChesterZooFan Well-Known Member

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    Yes, and despite my reservations it really added to the atmosphere! I don't know how frequently the thunder sound effect plays- I visited 3 times through the day and only heard it once.
     
  8. Pootle

    Pootle Well-Known Member

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    I asked because I too had reservations about it after reading there would be sound effects, but if it is not overkill then yes, it would probably be enjoyable. Good to hear that you thought it boosted the atmosphere.

    I have a mental picture in mind that in years to come when the plants are established and in fruit that it will be like The Eden Project with animals! (maybe a bit wishful that :p)
     
  9. ChesterZooFan

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    The open forest area is nowhere near as big, as half the building is the orang exhibit, and 25% for macaques and gharials. So, approx 25% of the space is the rainforest.
     
  10. Campbell89

    Campbell89 Well-Known Member

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    How big is the monsoon forest in comparison to the tropical realm?
     
  11. ChesterZooFan

    ChesterZooFan Well-Known Member

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    I think I read somewhere the total footprint is approx 50% bigger (which feels about right I think) it also has a much larger cubic volume giving the exhibits some real height.

    The free flight bird area is actually smaller than Tropical Realm though.
     
  12. taun

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    Hopefully they use it to warn of an impending rain? Close together the closer it is to rain, would be a good use.