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Discussion in 'Australia' started by Jabiru96, 14 Jan 2016.

  1. Jabiru96

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    It's actually for siamang if my memory is correct. Wonder if the large moat could be used by Asian short-clawed otters (thus creating a mixed species exhibit)?
     
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    yes, if you go to the album that individual photo is from (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/...53634520150645.1073741860.305421785644&type=3) you can see some other photos and comments.

    On the fourth photo you can see that the glass viewing panel will actually be above the water of the moat, not below - so not underwater viewing.
     
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    Very odd exhibit for siamangs. The lack of shady trees, very open style, tall mock-rock walls and a large deep pond at the front - you'd imagine a number of unrelated species could use the exhibit. And concrete trees???

    Does anybody know where they are getting them from?
     
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    It does seem odd, hopefully there will be plenty of ropes added.

    Adelaide has two siamang exhibits, with one an outdated looking cage, so perhaps they might be a source?
     
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    more photos of the (basically finished) enclosure, showing even more how, er, "functional" it is:
    https://www.facebook.com/canberrazo...05421785644/10153937216030645/?type=3&theater

    They are getting a male from Orana Park. A comment on Facebook says he will be arriving shortly ("from New Zealand"), and may be on display by May. They don't mention any others so perhaps they are starting with just the male, and getting a female when available.
     
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    Well that looks suitably... arid. Could do with some really decent planting around the climbing frame, but somehow I fear turf may be the reality.
     
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    I think a female is coming from Mogo as well, although that may change.
     
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    What is the Siamang situation like in Aust/NZ? They used to be pretty common but again fell out of favour.
     
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    there are about thirty animals, in ten zoos. Tasmania Zoo just has one animal but all the others have pairs or groups.
     
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    National zoo have now got Agouti with 3 coming from Taronga zoo.
    Pics can be seen on their Facebook page.
     
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    the article unfortunately implies the two generic tigers are also Sumatran!


    On a different subject entirely, here's a 2001 tv advert from Youtube showing some of the former animals at the zoo, including spotted and black leopards and the tigons:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqF42m5x9rk
     
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    Can we asssume, that since Ndari is a full sibling to their existing female, Rahni (ie she is not of a better genetic match to Aceh), that there is a reason she is not being bred with? I'm not sure if they ever tried to breed her with Aceh but I know she was unsuccessful in breeding with the previous male, Berani.

    Maybe it is a social issue, as her littermate, Indah has also been unsuccessful at breeding. Ndari and her littermates were peer raised with Sali, who has gone on to breed successfully so maybe their upbringing differed in some small way?