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Monarto Zoo Monarto Zoo Masterplan

Discussion in 'Australia' started by zooboy28, 20 Feb 2015.

  1. zooboy28

    zooboy28 Moderator Staff Member

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    Today, Zoos South Australia has released its masterplan for both Adelaide and Monarto Zoos. And its fairly impressive (and all still very hypothetical of course).

    It can be downloaded as a PDF here: Zoos SA Master Plan - Zoos SA
    There is also a section on that page that allows feedback to be given.

    The Masterplan calls for significant changes to the zoo, including a new main entrance located up near the African carnivore exhibits. The masterplan suggests four precincts and a range of new species:

    1. African Savannah
    This is the new entry area of the zoo, and includes the African carnivore, white rhino, giraffe and some antelope exhibits, around the Boma, Waterhole and Windana bus stops. These will remain, although new exhibits will be added and changes will be made to each. A freeflight bird show will be added near the new visitors centre. Meerkats and servals will be added to Windana, and a new "predator experience" built into the lion exhibit, where a tunnel takes visitors into a cage, from where they can see lions around and above them. Fennec fox, colobus, ostrich, nyala and chameleon to the Waterhole. Boma will see white rhino and cheetah mixed together, and an African aviary added.

    2. Back from the Brink
    The pre-exisitng visitors centre and surrounding exhibits, including chimpanzee, barbary sheep, addax, oryx, Przewalski's horse, bison and black rhino, this area will focus on the zoos international conservation efforts. New species may include gorilla, maned wolf and plains zebra, exhibited around a new "black rhino" stop. The existing visitors centre to be renovated into a "primate central" stop, for the chimps, and new arrivals such as hamadryas baboon and lemurs. This area will be designed more for walking visitors.

    3. Outback Australia
    A completey new precinct, built around the Bretag Homestead. Exhibits for a range of native animals, including dingo, Tasmanian devil, echidna, wallabies, reptiles and birds. A children's zoo is also planned for here.

    4. Wild Africa
    Totally new extension into undeveloped areas. Will feature a number of additional "paid" experiences, including accommodation, a walk-through Madagascan exhibit for ring-tailed lemurs, and a large new savannah exhibit, with small group tours through herds of giraffe, eland, bongo, nyala, white rhino, oryx, addax, Barbary sheep, zebra, ostrich and potentially (and unlikely) African elephants.

    Overall, a number of smaller species will be added, boosting the species list somewhat, and making the zoo into an all-day attraction. It looks like they have looked closely at San Diego Zoo Safari Park (and elsewhere) for inspiration. It does look good though, and I hope it works well. Interesting to see no indication of even considering Asian elephants out there, but perhaps the open, hot and dry environment might not make this the best location for this species.
     
  2. DavidBrown

    DavidBrown Moderator Staff Member

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    Why do you see African elephants as being unlikely? Is there a law against bringing them into Australia that would need to be changed?
     
  3. zooboy28

    zooboy28 Moderator Staff Member

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    Certainly African Elephants should do well in Monarto's climate. The legal side should be straightforward i think (although any elephant import will face strong opposition from AR groups). The main issue is that Australasia is attempting to work with Asian elephants only, and Africans are phase out and represented by just one animal. So Monarto would have to go it alone with Africans, which would make it difficult and expensive to maintain a healthy breeding herd (which is presumably what they want). If they could bring a group in I would love to see that, but I don't know how they will do with surplus males, etc. etc.

    The Masterplan states that:

     
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    Africa elephant or not, this master plan looks fantastic! I'm interested to see what it will do to and for this zoo. Monarto looks like an extremely good zoo, like a San Diego Zoo Safari Park of Australia. There are parts of the masterplan I don't understand, such as it said they are getting grant's zebra to serve as substitute for grevy's. Are there any Grevy's in Australia? Also Africans or not, I can't see a nearly 2500 acres zoo not having elephants in all that space.
     
  5. zooboy28

    zooboy28 Moderator Staff Member

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    Monarto is a bit like the San Diego Safari Park, but not on the same scale. It is a very good zoo though.

    There are no Grevy's in Australia, and that is unlikely to change.

    I think/hope Asian elephants at Monarto is inevitable, but it would be a very long term thing, and require a lot of money. Give it 20 years and it might be possible.
     
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    Of course Monato did once have Asian Elephants - Adelaide sent its last female there but she didn't live long after the move. AFAIK, the dry moated enclosure is still there but I forget what is housed there now
     
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    I believe this area now houses black rhinoceros.
     
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