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Rabat Zoo Rabat Zoo - Species list

Discussion in 'Morocco' started by Rayane, 4 Sep 2022.

  1. Rayane

    Rayane Well-Known Member 5+ year member

    4 Dec 2017
    The National Zoo in Rabat is very dear to me as it is the first zoo I have ever visited.
    Back then it was very bad, with enclosures dating back to its opening in 1973, but I was too young to care.

    They closed it somewhere between 2007 and 2010 to completely rebuild one at a different location, aiming to provide animals adequate exhibits. While not every single exhibit matches with modern husbandry standards, many of them are average to good and it is now a decent zoo.

    I'll happily write down an extensive review if anyone is interested, but in the mean time, I'll just post a full species list.

    I visited in 2012, 2018, 2019 and in september of 2022. A few interesting species have been lost over the years :
    - African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus)
    - Ayesha Double-spurred spurfowl (Pternistis bicalcaratus ayesha) - one rescued bird
    - Beisa oryx (Oryx beisa) - Maybe they still have some but it wasn't signed and I didn't see any
    - North African common genet (Genetta genetta afra)
    - Campbell's guenon (Cercopithecus campbelli)
    - Cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus)

    And probably a few other species I didn't notice on my first visit.

    • Barbary macaque (Macaca sylvanus)
    • Atlas Barbary sheep (Ammotragus lervia lervia) - subspecies not specified, but it wouldn't make sense to source these sheep out of Morocco
    • Barbary ground squirrel (Atlantoxerus getulus)
    • Egyptian fruit bat (Rousettus aegyptiacus)
    • Addax (Addax nasomaculatus) - Nice breeding group, 15+ individuals
    • Meerkat (Suricata suricatta)
    • Dorcas gazelle (Gazella dorcas) - I was told a few years back that these were NOT Moroccan dorcas but Egyptian ones. They keep two groups in two multi-species enclosures. Maybe they have both subspecies, maybe not.
    • Addra gazelle (Nanger dama ruficollis) - Signed both on website and in the zoo as Mhorr gazelles, but looked like Addra gazelles with a bit more markings on the back leg than the Addra gazelles I had seen before. One could hope they are Nanger dama dama but it's highly unlikely so I would consider them Nanger dama ruficollis
    • Cuvier's gazelle (Gazella cuvieri) - One small group with a younger individual and a very impressive male
    • Thomson's gazelle (Eudorcas thomsonii) - Only saw one individuals with the Giraffes
    • Dromedary camel (Camelus dromedarius)
    • Arabian oryx (Oryx leucoryx) - Only saw two individuals
    • Scimitar-horned oryx (Oryx dammah)
    • Crested porcupine (Hystrix cristata) - Two groups in different enclosures, one group is albino
    • Fennec fox (Vulpes zerda)
    • Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) - Probably of the barbara subspecies
    • White lion (Panthera leo) - Replaced the cheetahs
    • Barbary lion (Panthera leo leo)
    • Southern white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum simum)
    • Cape eland (Taurotragus oryx oryx) - With a really impressive blue stripeless bull
    • Grant's zebra (Equus quagga bohemi)
    • Watussi cattle
    • Ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta)
    • Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) - I'm lost in the Giraffe taxonomy debate, the animals were signed as non-subspecific anyway
    • African elephant (Loxodonta africana) - One young individual. They used to have more but after an incident where a child died, it seems like they removed the bigger group
    • Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) - In with the African elephant, wasn't there on my previous visits
    • Tiger (Panthera tigris) - Mentionned as Siberian in local news, it was massive and certainly hairy but I'm not sure that's enough to be sure it's a Siberian one. Signed as P. Tigris.
    • Mandrill (Mandrillus sphinx) - Signed as Papio hamadryas mandrillus...
    • Striped hyena (Hyaena hyaena)
    • Spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta) - Replaced the African wild dogs
    • Caracal (Caracal caracal)
    • Olive baboon (Papio anubis) - Not sure about these ones, signed as Doguera Baboons
    • Red lechwe (Kobus leche leche) - Huge groups, 40+ individuals
    • European otter (Lutra lutra)
    • Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) - Not on-show at the moment
    • African buffalo (Syncerus caffer)
    • Patas monkey (Erythrocebus patas)
    • Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes)
    • Serval (Leptailurus serval)
    • Ichneumon (Herpestes ichneumon)
    • Red ruffed lemur (Varecia rubra) - Signed as Varecia variegata
    • Black-and-white ruffed lemur (Varecia variegata) - Signed as Varecia variegata variegata
    • Atlas deer (Cervus elaphus barbarus) - There used to be 10+ individuals, this time I only saw 2.1
    • Bennett's wallaby (Notamacropus rufogriseus)
    • Patagonian mara (Dolichotis patagonum)
    • Alpaca (Lama pacos)
    • Common squirrel monkey (Saimiri sciuereus)
    • Tufted capuchin (Sapajus apella)
    • Lowland tapir (Tapirus terrestris)

    That's all for the mammals. A very nice ingulate selection, with 4 gazelle species. They used to have 3 oryx species, now down to 2 sadly.
    Next will be the birds
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  2. Rayane

    Rayane Well-Known Member 5+ year member

    4 Dec 2017

    • North African ostrich (Struthio camelus camelus) - At least 4 individuals in separate enclosures, with one huge male
    • White stork (Ciconia ciconia) - Signed but looked like wild individuals with complete set of wing feathers, too many of them to count, wild individuals breed over zoo aviaries
    • Bonelli's eagle (Aquila fasciata) - 1 individual
    • Royal eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) - 2 individuals
    • Short-toed snake eagle* (Circaetus gallicus) - Signed, seen on previous visits but not on this one, probably not there anymore
    • Long-legged buzzard* (Buteo rufinus) - Signed but not seen
    • Lanner falcon (Falco biarmicus)
    • Black kite (Milvus migrans migrans)
    • Yellow-billed kite (Milvus aegyptius) - In with the two eagle species, not signed and was not there on previous visits.
    • Griffon vulture (Gyps fulvus fulvus)
    • Eurasian eagle-owl (Bubo bubo bubo)
    • Indian peafowl (Pavo cristatus) - Free roaming in the zoo + white breeding female with chicks in a multi species aviary
    • Silver pheasant (Lophura nycthemera) - 1.1 + 8 chicks
    • Golden pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus)
    • Black swan (Cygnus atratus)
    • Black-necked swan* (Cygnus melancoryphus) - Signed but not seen
    • Swan goose (Anser cygnoides domesticus)
    • Mute swan (Cygnus olor)
    • Ruddy shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea)
    • Great white pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus) - Eating wild pigeons very casually
    • Glossy ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) - Breeding
    • Northern bald ibis (Geronticus eremita) - 30+ individuals if not much more
    • Grey crowned crane (Balearica regulorum) - Not signed
    • Speckled pigeon (Columba guinea) - Not signed, new addition to the multi species aviary
    • African houbara (Chlamydotis undulata) - The only rarity when it comes to birds. One old individuals, probably the same as in 2018 and 2019.
    • Eurasian collared dove (Streptopelia decaocto) - Many of them in the multi-species walkthrough aviary
    • Red-lored amazon (Amazona autumnalis) - Two individuals
    • Timneh parrot (Psittacus timneh) - Breeding
    • African grey parrot (Psittacus erithacus) - 20+ birds
    • Military macaw (Ara militaris)
    • Buffon's macaw (Ara ambiguus)
    • Green-winged macaw (Ara chloropterus)
    • Scarlet macaw (Ara macao)
    • Ararauna macaw (Ara ararauna)
    • Jendaya conure (Aratinga jandaya)
    • Nanday conure (Aratinga nenday)
    • Ochre-marked parakeet (Pyrrhura cruentata)
    • Green-cheeked parakeet (Pyrrhura molinae)
    • Monk parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus)
    • Patagonian conure (Cyanoliseus patagonus)
    • Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus)
    • Cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandicus)
    • Alexandre parrot (Psittacula eupatria)
    • White cockatoo (Cacatua alba)
    • Salmon-crested cockatoo (Cacatua moluccensis)
    • Sulphur-crested cockatoo (Cacatua galerita)
    • Fisher's lovebird (Agapornis fischeri)
    • Rainbow lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus)
    • Java sparrow (Padda oryzivora)
    • Gould's finch (Chloebia gouldiae)
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  3. Mehdi

    Mehdi Well-Known Member 5+ year member

    5 May 2016
    Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
    As I looked back at my pictures, it seems like the zoo never kept Campbell's mona monkeys but Common mona monkeys instead (even though they were signed as Campbell's). :)
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