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Paignton Zoo Paignton Zoo News 2019

Discussion in 'United Kingdom' started by Gigit, 8 Jan 2019.

  1. Gigit

    Gigit Well-Known Member

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    Here's an account of the root canal dental treatment that's just been carried out on 11 year old male Sumatran tiger, Fabi:
    Open wide and say Grr...
     
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    A quick visit today....;
    • Looks like a new Lar Gibbon house is being erected on the far side of Pelican lake.
    • Red Ruffed Lemurs house is blacked out to encourage nesting/breeding.
    • I could see 2 European Storks in off show ABC area, 2 Black necked swans & 1 Cassowary.
    • Stilts have been added to Cottage aviary.
    • Meerkat house with new viewing domes is nicely done.
    • New Amphibian Ark tanks look good.
    • Ex Lechwe Redwoods path now closed off.
    • An area behind the restaurant toilets next to the Rhea paddock is being worked on - my guess is that it will be the site of a new Tapir/Capybara house?
    • Lots of tree felling work in Lion enclosure.
    I have a feeling but no proof that staff moral re. TB issues is quite low?
     
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    I agree that the morale would be low, especially with the culling of the lechwe, the death of the lions, and not being able to replace dead animals, or bring in fresh blood. I don't want to presume too much but the mammal department in particular must be feeling the strain! :(
     
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    The monitor in Reptile Tropics has gone off show, as have the Utiliia Skinks. A single (v small) common iguana (?) is in the monitor exhibit.

    2 other tanks are also 'bare' of animals & foliage.

    There are now only 2 snapping turtles in with the Salty croc?
     
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    Something was afoot with the nocturnal house today with a barrier and bags of 'stuff' outside. I then saw a bird keeper going in there. Imagination going into overdrive, I had visions of the kiwi moving in! It's possible isn't it, especially if the Savannah has been mothballed and there's no urgent need to demolish the nocturnal house.

    Also on the nocturnal front, the pygmy slow loris window is now completely covered with black boards with viewing holes. There's a bit more natural light in there as a cover over the ceiling window has been removed. I failed to see the loris today though.

    I'll post some photos in the gallery.
     
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    I reckon the zoo have had to eat into the money they'd set aside for the Savannah to pay for the TB testing procedures and anti-badger fencing; ironic actually considering I was one of the visitors who participated in the badger watch evenings in the hide years ago!
    Gigit - I reckon you may have a valid suspicion re. the Kiwi here!
    The zoo management definitely need to locate some animals in the old Bison/Anoa enclosure (Rhea, Geese or Soay sheep) and at least improve the signage explaining the empty exhibits.
     
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    Fingers crossed! :) My "every few years" trip to Torbay was going to be put off until next year but if the kiwi goes on-show then I may reconsider! :p
     
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    I went to a badger watch evening too! That was before I had a spell of them digging up my garden:eek:

    I suspected that the takin were moving to the old anoa enclosure after they built that tor in it. But that must be getting on for a year ago now. Extra electric fencing has been installed since then so it may still happen.

    It would be good if they did more to promote the kiwi. The odd people who notice his fuzzy image on the video screen usually think he's in the toucan nesting box so there's not a lot of education going on!