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Discussion in 'Switzerland' started by kiang, 7 Jan 2016.

  1. kiang

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    A relatively quick last-minute visit to Kerzers was the first time I came here in 3 years. Not much has changed in that time, though a breeding centre has been added to the Nocturnal zoo. The breeding centre has 8 enclosures for multiple breeding groups of Prehensile-tailed porcupine (4 breeding pairs across the zoo), Douroucouli (at least 3 breeding pairs across the zoo), Lowland paca (present in 7 enclosures throughout the zoo) and Two-toed sloth (in 3 enclosures throughout the zoo). Anaconda and Caiman have been removed from the nocturnal house. But "new" are Cloud rats and Crab-eating raccoons.

    In the Jungle Trek greenhouse a group of at least 5 Yucatan jays (second holding in Europe) have been added to the Peccary enclosure and new in the freeflight area are Indigo bunting (only public holding in Europe). The lone Mockingbird is also still alive. The Yucatan squirrels have also been moved to the Jungle trek, but are currently only in a separation cage. Their former enclosure is now inhabited by Spectacled owls (still with Agouti). The former insectarium has been replaced by a modern education display about butterflies. Many of the invertebrates are now kept in the bat tunnel in the nocturnal part.

    Though many parts are nicely done and the species selection is very good for such a small establishment, I still can't really warm to this zoo, so probably this will have been my last visit for quite some time....
     
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    What range (and also from which regions') of butterflies do they have?
     
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    Worldwide, as in they import species from SE Asia (e.g. Philipines), Kenya, Tanzania and Costa rica. There are about 60 species signed in their walk through, but I doubt they are all present at the same time... They also have a big outdoor butterfly walk through, but that is limited to a few common native species and the species kept there really varies between seasons and years.
     
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    Be interested in the species listing, especially the ones from Philippines, ... I guess Malaysia and Kenya+Tanzania. Hope for some rare ones, also with ex situ and in situ components (THIS knowing Kerzers track record).
     
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    Did you see any sunbirds ?
     
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    I didn't take any pictures of the signage unfortunately, so I can't answer this for you....

    I saw a pair of Yellow-bellied sunbirds (of which the female was collecting nesting material) and two other species were signed, but I did not see them, though I possibly did hear them.
     
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