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  1. Johnny Morris.

    Johnny Morris. Well-Known Member

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    Says it all in the title really, but what one animal do you think would enhance a collection? They'd have to fit in with what is already there. Here's a few from me.

    New Forest Wildlife Park - European Brown Bear.
    Monkey World - Gorilla.
    Paignton - Wombat
     
  2. oflory

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    Whipsnade: Polar bear

    London: Indian rhino
     
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    Dudley Zoo - Cougar

    BNC - Pallas Cat

    Hagley Falconry Centre - Andean Condor
     
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    Hard to disagree with the Whipsnade choice, however I'd go for Sun bear at London!:cool:
     
  5. Pertinax

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    My more immediate choice for Whipsnade would be.....Wildebeest.:)
     
  6. TeaLovingDave

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    Let's see......

    Paignton: Wombat
    Newquay: Pacarana
    Exmoor: Malayan Civet
    Living Coasts: Sea Otter
    Whipsnade: Sichuan Takin
    London: Tarsier
    Dudley Zoo: Rusty Spotted Cat
    BNC: Copperhead
    Howletts: Purple-faced Langur
    Port Lympne: Marbled Cat
    YWP: Angolan Colobus
    Chester: Chacoan Mara
    Edinburgh: Tayra
    HWP: Andean Mountain Cat (I can dream ;))
     
  7. kiang

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    Playing him at his own game

    Paignton: Goodfellow's tree kangaroo
    Newquay: Aardvark (but yes i would have gone fro pacarana too)
    Exmoor: Wolverine
    Living Coasts: Steller's sea eagle
    Whipsnade: as said polar bear
    London: Sumatran orang utan
    Dudley Zoo: Mishmi takin
    BNC: Lesser Malay chevrotain
    Howletts: douc langur
    Port Lympne: Indian rhino
    YWP: Black rhino
    Chester: Turkmenian markhor
    Edinburgh: King cobra
    HWP: Kea
     
  8. gentle lemur

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    Hmm . . . do you think one animal of any of these species would improve these collections significantly?
    I suggest that the best reason for adding one animal to a collection is to improve the breeding results and the quality of the breeding stock at the collection. My nominations are:-

    Chester - male giant otter, ideally wild-caught
    Port Lymne - male drill, ideally wild-caught
    Edinburgh - another male panda :)D)
    Bristol - another female gorilla
    Any collection with babirusa - a wild-caught animal of either sex

    Alan
     
  9. Johnny Morris.

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    I did think of Wolverine for Exmoor, but thinking of space,(I know they are getting Hyenas.) i decided against. Honey Badger though on the other hand would be a nice addition.
     
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    Dudley - Bears in the Bear Ravine!
     
  11. Drago

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    I was there today and spoke to the head keeper. They are actually thinking of getting Wolverines.
     
  12. TeaLovingDave

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    Be a damn nice addition :)
     
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    Isn't there a collection in the planning close by planning on bringing in wolverine?
    I'm sure it had something to do with Dartmoor?
     
  14. Pertinax

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    I think everyone took the 'animal' as one new species. But working out individual animals is equally interesting.

    I like your list. Port Lympne have got a new younger male drill not that long ago to replace Gorbi- I think he was from Barcelona, and he has fathered (two?) young- but a wild caught one(or from an African project) would help widen the limited gene pool for this species. I would add another golden-bellied Mangabey....oh yes, and a male Swamp Monkey for Paignton.

    I hope too that maybe Bristol will in time receive another female Gorilla to replace 'Namoki'.
     
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    It was a new collection that was going to be built near Bodmin,but everything seems to have gone very quiet about the place!
     
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    Chester - Western Lowland Gorilla
     
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    Dudley -Chamois.
     
  18. Pertinax

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    I've always thought this was one of the most curious ommisions for a UK Zoo of Chester's calibre.

    Of course they used to have them and outside of London have been the only other Zoo in the UK to exhibit more than one species- and simultaneously too.Then they all went, mainly due to the death of Eastern Lowland female 'Noelle' and the subsequent non-breeding performance of the others.

    I have mentioned on here before that in the early 90's there was a chance they would reappear- Chessington- in one of its many direction/management changes-were going to disband animal keeping and Chester were after getting hold of their successful Gorilla group. They would have built new housing for them too. But Chessington animals all stayed put and it never happened.

    I think it may still happen sometime...are they still planned if HOA ever happens?
     
  19. OrangePerson

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    I'd prefer to see bonobos at Chester for two reasons

    • I'm depressed about the plight of gorillas in captivity, the doubtful future for all the excess males
    • I'd love to see bonobos exhibited in a great enclosure which I'm sure Chester would provide for such a new acquisition.
     
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    Chester could do worse than display a male group themselves, to help out the situation. I'm not a great fan of male groupings, but accept that they do(mainly) work and are possibly the best way, discovered so far anyway, of keeping these males and displaying Gorillas at the same time. Of course the 'better' primate zoos do prefer to keep breeding groups, as they are generally a better display and also there is more professional kudos associated with that.

    Bonobos are great, but I think they lack the draw of Gorillas, particularly for somewhere like Chester with their existing and large common Chimpanzee group.