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Discussion in 'Australia' started by Jambo, 12 Jan 2019.

  1. Jambo

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  2. tetrapod

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    Bit of a pity that Canberra never entertained breeding with either of the siblings (obviously not with each other). Mind you it would help if more collections were interested in keeping them...
     
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    Sad news.:( The article mentions ten Snow Leopards in the country, they must be the four at Melbourne, four at Billabong and two at Mogo.
    Not much of a national population.

    I found this section of the article interesting...
    “She said the zoo had no plans to get any more snow leopards but she did reveal that Sheva and Bhutan's old enclosure was being overhauled to welcome a new species the zoo has not had before.”
    Could the enclosure be for long-awaited Sri Lankan Leopard?
     
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    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    That will most likely be the case.
     
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    It’s a real shame to lose yet another holder of Snow leopards (yet another species the region seems to be giving up on); but I’d be happy if they imported Sri Lankan leopards. With Adelaide Zoo and Darling Downs Zoo planning to acquire this species in the near future, we could have the start of a decent breeding programme. Hopefully more zoos will come on board also (Auckland Zoo etc.).
     
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    I do agree with you just when it looked like the Snow Leopard was getting off the ground in the region they seem to start to then decline. I really would hope more zoos here do hold the Sri Lankan Leopard as one would not want to see the same repeat action again with the Sri Lankans!
     
  7. Geoffrey

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    This is a real pity. Although their exhibit was always much too "jungly" for Snow Leopards, I had hoped that they might eventually take over the "waterfall exhibit" that held pumas and then brown bears, and is currently occupied by a cheetah.
     
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    Ironically the exhibit first held the pair of ex-circus leopards (pardus), so it sounds like it will return to the same species.
     
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    It is currently occupied by a tiger actually.
     
  10. Geoffrey

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    It was a cheetah last time I was there. They must be rotating it around through different species. I hope it gets permanent inhabitants eventually, and preferably something that doesn't already have three other exhibits, as both tigers and cheetahs do - it's a fun exhibit and it would be a shame if it was "skippable" in that sense.