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Pyrenean Desman & Wallcreeper Footage Needed

Discussion in 'General Zoo Discussion' started by jasonpeters, 25 Mar 2011.

  1. jasonpeters

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    Hello, I wonder if anyone knows of a zoo or other institution that would have the Pyrenean Desman and/or Wallcreeper in captivity. We need to film both species for a conservation documentary on the Pyrenees and have failed to find them in the wild thus far... If someone knows of a good site to find them in the wild, then that info' would also be most welcome! Thanks.
     
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    Alpenzoo Innsbruck (Austria) keeps the Wallcreeper!
     
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    The BBC have filmed the Pyrenean desman in the wild judging from this video:

    ARKive - Pyrenean desman video

    It might be worth contacting someone in the Natural History Unit to see if they're willing to share their secret. (I notice your location is Bristol, so I suppose you might even work there yourself!)

    Also found this youtube video - not the best footage, but filmed in the Picos de Europa in 1996 according to the description.

    www. youtube.com/watch?v=w448G1eI228

    Good luck!
     
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    Many thanks... I'd seen a photo on their website but hadn't received a response to my enquires... One to pursue! Cheers
     
  5. jasonpeters

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    Thanks Chris... I had seen the ARKive & YouTube footage you've mentioned, but yes, perhaps I should hit someone up at the BBC... They are notoriously secretive however! So are Desman, which is why I was looking to find them in captivity or some current research taking place in the field... Lots of dead ends so far however! Cheers.
     
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    By coincidence I first read this post last week whilst staying with my sister and brother-in-law who have a Chambres D'Hote in Olette in the French Pyrenees . The leaflet for the Nyer Nature Reserve in the adjoining valley states that Desmans are present . Whilst out for a walk last Thursday the road followed a fast-flowing small river and I kept looking in the water , stones and bank but saw nothing - as usual . I really would love to see a Desman , a fascinating creature . Wildlife in the area is generally very shy , due to the hunters being out at weekends .
     
  7. jasonpeters

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    Thanks Bele... It appears there are not any desman kept in captivity, so we will have to try and find them in the wild... I will look into the Nyer Nature Reserve area now for sure!
     
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    Thanks devilfish, that's really helpful. It just goes to show how difficult it is to even find the desman, let alone film them! We have found a scientist and a good site and have been out once without seeing them but shall be returning there at some point with high hopes! Thanks again.
     
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    Update: We did end up getting some good footage of the wallcreeper at the Alpenzoo! Thank you!! :)
     
  11. DavidBrown

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    Jason, out of curiosity did you ever manage to find and film the desman?