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Paignton Zoo New Madagascan arrivals (only temporary though)

Discussion in 'United Kingdom' started by kiang, 14 Sep 2010.

  1. kiang

    kiang Well-Known Member

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    Paignton Zoo is to become a temporary home for a large collection of reptiles and amphibians from a breeding centre dedicated to helping Madagascan fauna.
    The arrival of the collection - 17 species including over 120 frogs as well as snakes, geckos and chameleons - means Paignton Zoo will have the largest collection of Malagasy species in the UK.
    The collection - destined for Endangered Madagascar, a wildlife conservation centre that is being built in Bath – will be housed in the Zoo’s new Amphibian Ark species rescue and reintroduction centre.
    There are over 120 frogs, including the Critically Endangered golden mantella Mantella aurantiaca; the green mantella Mantella viridis, the yellow mantella Mantella crocea and the blue-legged mantella Mantella expectata, which are all classed as Endangered.
    The splendid mantella Mantella pulchra, the Madagascan mantella - Mantella madagascariensis – and the green burrowing frog Scaphiophryne marmorata are all classed as Vulnerable.
    There are also 3 reptile species in the collection, including the Madagascan tree boa (Sanzinia madagascariensis), Standing’s day gecko (Phelsuma standingi) and the panther chameleon (Furcifer pardalis).

    http://www.zandavisitor.com/newsart...gest_Collection_of_Malagasy_Species_in_the_UK
     
  2. Maguari

    Maguari Never could get the hang of Thursdays. Premium Member

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    That's an incredible Mantella line-up.
     
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    Very interesting. The article goes on to mention common tenrecs going on display, which would be very interesting. I hope to down in Devon fairly soon, so a visit to Paignton may become necessary.

    Alan
     
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    It is interesting. Does anyone know anything about the facility being built in Bath? Google doesn't come up with anything. It seems like there are/will be quite a few wildlife related destinations in this part of the country.
     
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    Yes, it is the latter facility.

    I personally do hope there will be some spin-off effect for Paignton to create their interest in show-casing some Madagascan amphibians and reptiles in future at the Zoo ... :cool:
     
  7. futurekeeper

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    have these animals arrived at paignton??? are they on show yet???
     
  8. Gigit

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    Don't get too excited yet. The frogs are in the Amphibian house and while you can see all the tanks, they are not arranged so that the contents are easily visible. I did see Golden Mantellas today - they are at the front of the exhibit facing the public - but it was impossible to tell what was behind them. Maybe they'll be rearranged eventually :confused: As for the tenrecs, I heard they were bound for Monkey Heights but I haven't seen them. I didn't visit Reptile Tropics today so can't say whether the reptiles have ended up in there yet.
     
  9. kiang

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    A veritable achievement. Again, I do hope that Paignton will continue with Madagascan endangered amphibians and reptiles once the collection relocates to Cornwall.

    As for mantellas, I personally know only of the wonderful Pilzen Zoo that has a good collection. Even with Uroplatus, Oplurus and Zonosaurus species too.

    However, it is untrue that only 3 zoos maintain Mantellas. These days: Augsburg, Antwerpen, Frankfurt, Zuerich, Moskva, Kiyv and Riga maintain significant Mantella species.

    I even noted that my very own maintains 2 species. Allthough, I have never seen them on exhibit, so they must be off-exhibit somewhere.
     
  11. Nisha

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    Bath is a good 200 miles from Cornwall ;)
     
  12. Kifaru Bwana

    Kifaru Bwana Well-Known Member

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    OK, stand corrected on that one. :)

    Care to comment on the rest?