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Rabat zoo, Morocco.

Discussion in 'Morocco' started by kiang, 23 Mar 2013.

  1. kiang

    kiang Well-Known Member

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    A press release from the zoo:

    The 2 Barbary lions born in late autumn 2012 will go on display this month, Rabat zoo now holds 35 Barbary lions.

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  2. vogelcommando

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    how pure and how releated are these lions to eachoter ?
     
  3. Shirokuma

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    I just found this video on YouTube. it's in french but you can get an idea of what the zoo is like. Looks rather modern and attractive



    Here is another one

     
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    From what I read in the International Zoo Yearbooks, the Rabat Zoo used to have Mountain reedbuck, Collared peccary, and Brazilian tapir

    If you go on their website, you will see that they currently have a great collection today including many native North African species like Cuviers gazelle, Mhorr gazelle, and Barbary macaque

    Most zoos now days don't have have both African and Asian elephants, but you can see both at the Rabat Zoo

    Just to let everyone know, the website is in French, here it is Royaume du maroc || Jardin zoologique de rabat
     
  5. Kifaru Bwana

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    @ungulatenerd, they held Cuvier's gazelle for quite a considerable time in the old Rabat Temara zoo (as where addax and scimitar horned oryx). The Mhorr's and f.i. N.A. ostrich are a more recent addition.

    An illustrious Dutch zoo design man has been involved in conceptual designs of the new zoo.

    It be nice if they would update their website / FB with zoo news (as most other zoos do ..., perhaps it will come with time and adjusting to new internet / web capabilities). :)
     
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    1. Purity. A few(5) of the Rabat Lions-or their descendants elsewhere (Port Lympne?) have been DNA tested and compared with (known) pure Barbary Lions in museums collected within the species' Historic range. Its suggested(published) that they don't share the same genetic markers as pure Barbaries and actually stem instead from a geographic mix of sub-Saharan Lions. However that may not cover all the Lions in the Rabat Zoo if not all have been tested (though many of them are related to each other- see below) and it could still be that some/they are at least partly descended from genuine Barbaries. It rather depends who/what you want to believe...

    2. Relatedness. I can't find the link (try 'Rabat Lions' for starters) but there are genetic tables showing the relatedness of a lot of the recent and/or current Lions at Rabat Zoo. I believe they are all or largely from 3-4 founding pairs.