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San Diego Zoo Safari Park Platypus...

Discussion in 'United States' started by Chlidonias, 17 Aug 2017.

  1. The_UltimateBea

    The_UltimateBea Well-Known Member

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    I have taken pictures of Platypus Pond under construction and I will post when I have a chance.
     
  2. pachyderm pro

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    They already started construction! This just keeps getting better and better. Please upload when you get the opportunity.
     
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  3. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    There was one pair at Healesville which survived well, and which produced a baby in 1943. That's it. Not many Platypus were kept in artificial conditions anywhere in Australia, and very few lived more than a few months. It wasn't until much more recently (within the last thirty years or so) that their husbandry has become more secure, with even second-generation births occurring.
     
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  4. DavidBrown

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    When I was at Healesville in 2017 the keepers said in the presentation that most of the babies there have been born in the last decade. They seem to have cracked the problems with their husbandry.
     
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  5. DavidBrown

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    Your information is not correct. One platypus in the Bronx Zoo lived 10 years. Her mate lived 12 years. Here are some details: Flashback: Platypuses at The Bronx Zoo
     
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  6. Zorro

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    Aussie zoos back then had a endless supply if any died also I believe the first ones to reach the US may of went by ship!
     
  7. The_UltimateBea

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    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    Cool. I'm picking it'll be something like the Platypus house at Healesville.
     
  9. Arizona Docent

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    This is great news indeed. And it looks like it will open this summer. I believe the rest of Outback Australia (or whatever it's called) is opening this weekend for the big Memorial Day holiday (for those outside USA this is the last Monday in May and signals for Americans the start of the summer vacation season). So the Platypus Pond will not be open with the rest of the exhibit, but pretty soon afterwards.
     
  10. TheEthiopianWolf03

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    YES! I don’t have to Australia to see a platypus (although I can name a handful of reasons why I need to go besides seeing a platypus). All I need to do is drive for 8-10 hours! This is huge news!
     
  11. BigNate

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    This is fantastic, I can't wait
     
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    Two of those early Bronx animals lived a normal life span, and even showed some breeding behaviour.
     
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    This is great! Just gave me another reason to visit San Diego!
     
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  14. groundskeeper24

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    This is awesome. I hope they will be on display in time for my trip to San Diego at the end of October!
     
  15. PaleoMatt

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    If all goes well I will cross my fingers and toes that Europe is next.
     
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  16. aardvark250

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    How many will they get? two or more?
     
  17. Arizona Docent

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    I think I read on their site that they are getting two.
     
  18. EsserWarrior

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    If the zoo does successfully get the platypus, I know I will definitely be getting my behind over there to see them.

    If San Diego Zoo Safari Park does successfully take care of these platypus, what would this mean for other zoos? Will they also try to bring in platypus and start an American breeding project for the species?
     
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  19. Kifaru Bwana

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    Probably nothing much as I do believe it is a one-off loan.
     
  20. HOMIN96

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    We' ll see. It could start as one-off loan and then slowly transform to starting point of platypus breeding programme out of Australia. It´ll also depend on willingnes of other zoos to invest in this and take the risk.
     
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