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Launceston City Park Launceston Macaque Monkey Exhibit

Discussion in 'Australia' started by Zoo_Boy, 13 Dec 2006.

  1. Zoo_Boy

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    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    I've got a few photos of the enclosure in the Aus gallery. The City Park in Launceston is a little square of grass and trees with the macaque enclosure at one side. Apparently there has always been animals kept in the park (including thylacines at one time). The enclosure held rhesus macaques from India from the late 1800s to 1979 when the last one died. Because the monkeys had been popular with locals and tourists, the city council fixed up the enclosure and imported ten Japanese macaques from the Japanese Monkey Centre. The enclosure was refitted again in 2002 to how it looks today
     
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    it would be nice to see a tasmanian wildlife park, or zoo develop a temperate asia exhibit similar to the one currumbin was planning when all the hype surrounding giant pandas coming to queensland was around.
    ex-member patrick had suggested this, with a range of Asian montane species in Australian zoos. japanese macaques, red panda, snow leopard, tahr, 'bengal tigers', gibbons, pheasants, asian tortoise and small passerine species as well as some other herpes, fish and parrot species. they'd suit the climate down there well.
     
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    that's pessimistic! I'm sure he'll be back.
     
  6. Ara

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    That would be a wonderful specialist collection glyn, and a nice change from every other zoo trying to be a tropical "paradise".

    Get it up and running and I'll donate some of my Derbyan parrots.
     
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    Ara,
    Do you have any photos of your parrots?
     
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    at the risk of diverging completely from the focus of this thread, i do think an asian highlands exhibit would be a nice feature in a smaller Australian zoo as a point of difference.
    obviously Taronga has indicated it wants to replicate this biome, but i think Adelaide Zoo would be a good candidate for such an enclosure with its Giant Pandas.
    Islands in Danger, with species from Madagascar, the Pacific, Carribean and Indonesia/PNG would also be another exhibit niche yet to be filled. In fact I reckon a modest sized Madagascar enclosure could be created here in this country without importing any new species at all.
    although every major australian zoo having an african savannah and asian rainforest is a good reflection of coordinated PMP a few mini exhibits still sticking to program species would be great too
     
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    Yes boof, I've got quite a few photos of my birds, but unfortunately I don't have any way of scanning them on at present. (However, that's going to change in the near future.)