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  1. NVP

    NVP Well-Known Member

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    The zoo announced via social media that a male white handed gibbon baby named Polaris was born to Phoenice and Mercury.
     
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    I visited the zoo today. I saw there are two pygmy slow loris on exhibit. The glass to their exhibit is covered in construction paper with holes for guests to view the loris. The Reptile and Amphibian House has two new rattlesnakes, a rock rattlesnake and a panamint rattlesnake. The rock rattlesnake lives in the exhibit where the Conant's milksnake used to live, and a pancake tortoise lives where the black-tailed rattlesnake used to live, and finally the panamint rattlesnake lives where the red diamond rattlesnake used to live. Also the exhibit where the poison dart frogs used to live is completely blocked off. Finally, there is a cornsnake on exhibit where the copperhead used to be. There are also steamer ducks that live with the Humboldt penguin colony.
     
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    Did you see the aforementioned baby gibbon yet?
     
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    I didn't. When I swung around the primate center (no pun intended) the orangutans were out.
     
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    Where are the slow loris exhibited?

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  6. CarLover

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    In the Small Mammal House, where the Northern tree shrew used to live.
     
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    What's left in that house at this point? When I visited last in November 2017, there were very few species left and many of them were only on one or two individuals.

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  8. CarLover

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    Meerkats, Aardvark, Hoffman's Two-toed Sloth, Degu, African Pygmy Hedgehog, Pygmy Marmoset, Eurasian Harvest Mice, Pygmy Slow Loris, and Common Vampire Bats. I understand that the Small Mammal House is a shell of its former self, and the Small Mammal House in D.C. is much better. I was told that the reason the Small Mammal House is so short on animals is because of how short their life spans are.
     
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    Ok so still more or less what it was in November 2017 then. That Degu is getting pretty old!

    That seems like a really piss poor excuse, especially when you consider how many other zoos keep large collections of short-lived small mammals. Many small mammals have decent lifespans, too. I think a much, much more likely reason is that this building is not going to be around for too much longer in the zoo's mind.

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    What species of steamer duck is on exhibit?
     
  11. CarLover

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    I wasn't sure, there was no sign. My guess is that is was a flying steamer duck (Tachyeres patachonicus). There are three other species.
     
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    Yes they are Flying Steamer Ducks. When I visited the Livingston Waterfowl conservancy in the fall, I was told their birds were sent to Philadelphia.
     
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    CarLover, did you notice the scientific names for the Haitian Galliwasp and Haitian Giant Anole?
    Common names zoos use and common names in use don't always refer to the same thing.
     
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    Not sure. I didn't see any Haitian galliwasp
     
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    I don't have any record of them having galliwasp, and when I was last there they hadn't put up the sign for the anole yet so I don't have a photo of it to check.
     
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    I think I remember there being Haitian giant galliwasp when I visited last year, but I can't confirm... might have mentioned in the 2018 thread.
     
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    I went through the old thread and I'm the only one who mentioned it, no idea why! The only thing I can think of is someone might have told me that this unsigned species was one, but it doesn't look correct to me?
     

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    That's an anole.

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    The galliwasp was/is in the exhibit with the Haitian Anole. I saw both of them in August. I emailed the zoo as to what they were because there was no sign. They only supplied me with the common names that's why I was trying to confirm the scientific names.
     
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    Small Mammal House animal profiles:

    Pygmy Marmoset: Bo, Beni, Java, Pasta

    Degu: Beans

    Hedgehog: Lulu

    Aardvark: Sunshine

    Meerkat: Pete, Ari, Nkosi, Lulama, Kgala, Sethunya.

    Sloth: Argyle, Charlotte.
     
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