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  1. Orycteropus

    Orycteropus Well-Known Member

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    Hello Sun, there had been mentioned the elephant & rhino mixing beforhand … This coexisting was existed at Borås Djurpark (and with some additioanal species, like giraffes, zebras, ostriches), but this was long time ago, and I don’t have any information about that. You can read about that here: International Zoo Yearbook, Volume 7, Issue 1, Page 240-240, January 1967, S. BERGGREN (1967): Further notes on the mixed species exhibit at Boras Zoo
    And you can see the photo about what I was mentioned beforehand: EAZA News, Issue 50, April-May-June 2005, Page 11.
     
  2. dragon(ele)nerd

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    This might sound extremly stupid of what i'm saying, but in Zurich zoo ( which has a horrible elephant exhibit) the hyrax enclosure is right next to the elephant enclosure, what i've read of a guy's forum. Apprently the houses connect in a place but there is no interaction, apparently the hyrax know that their are elephants right next to them and avoid contact. Not trying to make enemies


    Elephantpark in Zurich is apparently underconstruction, so yay.
     
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    Not quite yet. They recently announced a competition to select a design team so design itself is a ways offf. But coming!
     
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    Zurich currently has no hyrax.

    But huge pachyderm house in Berlin Tierpark has elephants, manatees and hyraxes. As well as rhinos, and, for contrast, marmosets, sloths and hutias.
     
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    i read it off a guy's forum possibly old?,, but it is interesting about Berlin.
     
  6. James27

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    Don't know if this has already been mentioned, but Newquay zoo has a mixed exhibit with Meerkats, Zebra and Lechwe (I think). It's interesting...
     
  7. Orycteropus

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    So, meerkats have a larger area than usual exhibits for them. How large is the enclosure for these species?
     
  8. ZooMania

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    Arent porcupines mixed with them aswell or were at least at one point.
     
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  9. dragon(ele)nerd

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    ! has there been any truble, any trouble at all with zebras trampling their smaller roomates?
     
  10. CZJimmy

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    Not sure that it's already been mentioned, but didn't London keep meerkats in with the giraffes and gazelles in the late 90's (i have a vague memory of seeing them there), before "Happy Families" was built?
     
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    ? i can't find anything so but them again the exhibit like you said must of been quite oldish.
     
  12. zoogiraffe

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    Yes Newquay does keep Porcupines in with the zebras,Meerkats and Lechwe,but the Porcupines and Merrkats only have access to part of the enclosure as they are confined by an electric fence to small area of the paddock.London did indeed keep Meerkats with the Giraffes but they were removed after a Giraffe stood on a Meerkat.
     
  13. dragon(ele)nerd

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    Oh that Bad?!
    Did the meerkat survive it 99.9% chance didn't right?
     
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    Thats correct.
     
  15. Sun Wukong

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    @Orycteropus: Thanks for the info-yet: just one page (p.240-240?) ;)

    About the "elephant-hyrax-stairs" plan: wouldn't work, as hyraxes are good jumpers and climbers. Keeping various species together or close to each other according to taxonomy, like a "Afrotheria" House with elephants, aardvarks, hyraxes, manatees, tenrecs and elephant shrews etc. would be an interesting idea, yet most modern visitors wouldn't understand and appretiate it. In terms of both architecture and animal design, the Tierpark Berlin Friedrichsfelde Pachyderm House was thus already outdated when it was built in 1989.
    Or if to speak in "fashion" terms, in regard to zoo presentation: habitat display (although most often correct in "details") is currently "in", systematical display is "out"-which isn't actually too bad.
    However, certain umbrella terms (like "islands", "deserts" etc.) could be and are used to assemble species of different zoogeographical origin within one zoo theme. Or You're as smart as Leipzig and could call Your mixture "Gondwana Land"...;).

    Mixing meerkats with larger hoofstock has the disadvantage of meerkats escaping due to tunneling (as the common hoofstock exhibit design is not suitable to keep in smaller animals) and hoofstock stepping into meerkat holes and maybe thus hurting themselves.
    Another mixed-species exhibit with porcupines (besides Budapest's Vultures & Porcupine combi) is the Nyala-Marabou-Porcupine-etc.-exhibit at Duisburg Zoo; however, I heard several complaints that the porcupines caused problems there, injuring other animals with their quills. All in all, not the easiest animals to combine with other species...
     
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    @Orycteropus: About Your question regarding manatees mixed with other species: quite often, they're kept together with larger Loricariidae-species or Poeciliidae (guppy, swordtail etc.).
    The Pacu combination didn't work in Tierpark Friedrichsfelde (it seemed like the pacus became rather bothersome). The West African Manatees at Toba Aquarium are kept together with Giant Gouramis.
    Singapore Zoo keeps their manatees together with African penguins, pelicans, (wild)Painted Storks and Californian Sealions.
    YouTube - Splash Amphitheatre show at Singapore Zoo
     
  17. dragon(ele)nerd

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    Some animals are just put in with other animals as scenary sometimes,
     
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