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Discussion in 'Speculative Zoo Design and Planning' started by LowlandGorilla4, 27 Apr 2020.

  1. LowlandGorilla4

    LowlandGorilla4 Well-Known Member

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    This thread is for posting your ideas for mixed species exhibits. They should be realistic but don't have to exist currently.
     
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    Giant pangolin, Pedetes capensis(I don't know the english name), Meerkat in not a night house.
    Sloth bear, Grey langur
    Okapi, Preuss's guenon, Pygmy hippo
    Mandrill, Bongo, Red buffalo
    European bison, Red deer, Wild boar
    Babirusa, Anoa, Crested macaque
     
  3. amur leopard

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    These are called Springhaas or South African springhares :)

    Those mixes sound good. I have a bad feeling about the mandrill one though. I can't help feeling the buffalos won't be very friendly to either resident.
     
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    I believe a similar mix is in Ostrava Zoo in Czechia. However, the sloth bears are replace with Asiatic black :)
     
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    1. Red-flanked duiker and secretary bird (flight cage, secretary birds generally do not eat mammals bigger than mongooses)
    2. Japanese sika deer, Mandarin duck, and red-crowned crane
    3. North American beaver and osprey (flight cage. Maybe add fish into beaver water feature or have water feature separate from beavers' with fish for osprey)
    4. Chilean flamingo and southern pudu
    5. Aldabra tortoise and Rodrigues flying fox
     
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    This is one of the mixes at ZooParc de Beauval and it seems to be working well. There are also Coconut crabs in there with them.
     
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    1.Giant Eland,Meerkat,Somali Ostrich,Hartman's Mountain Zebra.
    2.Bush Dog,Hoffman's Two-Toed Sloth
    3.Malayan Tapir,Siamang,Mandarin Duck
    4.Greater Kudu,Okapi,Saddle-Billed Stork
     
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    That likely won't end well.
     
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    The sloth will stay in the tree while the bush dogs stay on the ground
     
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    I expect the ducks to get the short end of this stick (unless the tapir makes a mutual defense pact with them)
     
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    Yeah I think I should have put some type of bird that actually flies high
     
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  12. Jarne

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    Until the sloth decides to go to the ground one day, and believe me they do that sometimes. With monkeys that are agile this would already be a huge risk but this is just waiting (at a sloth's pace of-course) for disaster.
     
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    1. Chacoan peccary, greater rhea, nine-banded armadillo (unless any digging of holes may prove hazardous to the birds)
    2. Gavial, Indian muntjac (gavials are piscivore specialists unlike the other crocodilians. Plus, gavials are a smaller species of crocodilian)
    3. Bighorn sheep, American bison, white-tail deer (with rock formations onto which sheep can climb to get away, escape pens for deer to get away with passageways to small for bison)
    4. Straw-colored fruit bat, aardvark
    5. Turkey vulture, greater roadrunner, Gambel's quail, desert tortoise, black-tailed jackrabbit
    6. Domestic donkey, crested porcupine (with escape enclosures), roe deer, mouflon (with rock formations onto which they can climb).
    7. Brown pelican, harbor seal (with high rock formations onto which pelicans can fly to get away from the seals)
    8. Bactrian camel, Sichuan takin, Przewalski's wild horse
    9. Cheetah, black rhino (with escape enclosures, I know some zoos in Europe do this sort of mixing. It is less common if at all seen in North America.)
    10. Fennec fox, Egyptian fruit bat.
     
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    Boras Zoo does this if you want to take a look, the cheetahs have a sort of safe space which consists of a mound of rocks which the rhinos can't access. Apparently this mix works very well. Boras also has another amazing mixed exhibit in their savannah. African Elephants and Buffalo are mixed in with Giraffe and other typical African animals.
     
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    I've looked at some pictures of Boras Zoo and have to say that they have some amazing looking enclosures and is in my opinion, one of the best zoos in the europe
     
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    The fourth will probably lead to stressed out okapi and possibly also trampled storks (and definitively not any breeding of the storks which is a shame with a species bred only at a handful of institutions worldwide).

    Siamang are just as other gibbon very bad cohabitants except when mixed with orangs.

    Of these only the first seems semi-possible, though the meerkats digging might pose a threat to the hoof-stock. I also do not know the ecology of giant elands good enough to know wether they will be able to cope with the temperament of the zebra.
     
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    1: digging might indeed be a problem on two fronts. Not only can holes be dangerous to the rheas, but the peccaries digging might also make armadillo tunnels unstable. I think this would be a bit too risky to try in the real world
    2: might work
    3: This has been done before I think, with enough space this should work fine
    4: perfectly possible
    5: The quails and the roadrunners together might pose a problem, especially with young quails. I also would be careful when combining the rabbits with the tortoise, not because they might kill each other but because active rabbits might cause stress for the tortoises.
    6: Should be possible without much problems, the hoof-stock species have been combined in multiple wildlife-parks and porcupine with hoof-stock has been done before.
    7: This would most probably work
    8: With enough space this can work I think, but wild horses can be very dominant in an exhibit so this would need very careful monitoring and introductions.
    9: Should be possible, but I would advice to use large enough enclosures to avoid conflicts. In smaller enclosures it is more likely for the cheetah to be cornered. A solution to this would be to have most of the edge fenced off using wooden poles from the rhinos so that the cheetah can run through but the rhinos can not.
    10: This does sound risky to me, wouldn't take the risk
     
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    Though I'm not a fan of pinioned birds, I do not see huge issues with most of these. The deer might trample the cranes, that's in general a risk with cranes (especially pinioned) and hoof-stock. Only the osprey seems like a problem to me. Not because of the mix with beavers, but in general they don't fare well in captivity. A species like American kestrels would be more appropriate.
     
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    1: Probably wouldn't work, pangolins are very hard to keep in captivity on their own let alone mixed with a bold species like meerkat. Meerkat with the hare probably would also lead to stressed hares.
    2: Should work
    3: Hippo and okapi probably wouldn't work unless in a very large exhibit.
    4: Looks like asking for trouble, buffalo and bongo would make a bad mix for sure. The mandrils depends on the individuals, buffalo have been combined with drill successfully and drill with sitatunga so it might just work.
    5: Given enough space, this would probably work. Has probably been done already in wildlife parks (deer and bison for sure, deer and boar as well).
    6: That would most probably give problems. The macaques will probably prey on piglets and the male babirusa will probably harass and possibly even kill the other two species. Those three are simply species that are best kept alone.
     
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    Thank you for your opinion!
     
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