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Discussion in 'General Zoo Discussion' started by Arizona Docent, 21 Jun 2011.

  1. ThomasNotTom

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    Of course, I even had the chance to possibly see one some years ago... but plans fell through. If I really wanted to try again, then I could; I'd rather save my money for a trip to the states or Aus :)
     
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    That was the presumption.
     
  3. Luke da Zoo nerd

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    You have a great point! But to be honest I was just hoping that zoos would acquire them someday, So It's really not a big deal someone should fuss about.
     
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    We'll were talking about gorillas, I was wondering if any chatter has been to and seen the cross river gorilla at the Limbe wildlife center in Limbe, Cameroon. I am not sure If the wildlife center is private, or if it is open to the public. I am thinking it's private, But there might be a way someone could see it. Do any of you chatters know?
     
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    i'm pretty sure it died
     
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    Never figured out any outward physical differences between the Cross River and Western Lowland Gorillas( I know there are some skeletal ones).
     
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    The only possible outward difference is that Cross River gorillas have shorter hands and feet than WLGs.
     
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    I believe they also have notable differences in skull sizes compared to the Western lowlands.
     
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    How long ago did you see this?
    Can you see fork marked lemurs in captivity anywhere currently?
    (Besides in the wild)
     
  12. Tim May

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    I saw the giant armadillo many times at London Zoo during the 1970s. It was acquired in 1976 when the President of Brazil presented it to Queen Elizabeth; this animal was housed in the old Stork & Ostrich House. It was sent to Rotterdam Zoo in 1978.

    I saw the fork-marked lemur a few times on visits to Vincennes Zoo (Paris) in the late 1980s. I don't know of any currently in zoos.
     
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    Giant Oceanic Manta Ray Mobula birostris (Ocean Park, Hong Kong)
    Giant River Otter Pteronura brasiliensis (Los Angeles Zoo)
    California Condor Gymnogyps californianus (Los Angeles Zoo)

    These are the three that immediately come to mind, but the manta ray was really the one that blew me away - I sat for literal hours watching the massive, magnificent rays pass by and still it pained me to leave the exhibit to see the rest of the park.
     
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    Do you know of the species of fork marked lemur? (Just out of interest).
     
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    Grove listed the species as follows:
    Eastern fork-marked lemur (Phaner furcifer)
    Pale or western fork-marked lemur (P. pallescens)
    Pariente's or Sambirano fork-marked lemur (P. parienti)
    Amber Mountain fork-marked lemur (P. electromontis)
     
  16. TeaLovingDave

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    Quite; the issue is that Paris imported the species prior to the split and as a result no one is certain which species was held.
     
  17. Tim May

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    The book "Longevity of Mammals in Captivity; From the Living Collections of the World” (Richard Weigl; 2005) refers to the Paris animals as the Masoala fork-crowned lemur (i.e. the eastern species Phaner furcifer).
    However I don't know how accurate that identification is because, as TLD has already noted, they were acquired before Phaner furcifer was split into several different species.