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Discussion in 'General Zoo Discussion' started by savethelephant, 30 Mar 2015.

  1. savethelephant

    savethelephant Well-Known Member

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    We all have seen the savannah exhibit at zoos and we all know that that almost all of them have two things in common
    1. They have a one big grassy/sandy plain and
    2. (more importantly) they all have the same basic animals (ex. giraffe, zebra, ostrich, maybe antelope or two)
    So what I am asking all you zoochatters is are there any unique ones out there? If yes please show me a picture, and if not, what would you do to change the mixed species exhibit exhibit wise and taxa wise.
     
  2. Macaw16

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    Sort of, Yorkshire Wildlife Park has no giraffes in theirs :)eek:!!!!!!), but they do have an Emu. They have Eland, Lechwe, Ankole, Plains Zebra, Ostrich and Emu, all neighbors with the Lions.
     
  3. savethelephant

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    But exactly, I just looked up what the Africa looks like in the park, and it's the same thing as every-ones', one huge grassy plain with a few trees/logs and maybe a hill.
    I want to know whether there are unique one out there (animal wise and land wise) and if not what would you do to change it.
     
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    Werribee Open Range Zoo just outside of Melbourne has one of the best savannahs that I've ever seen. It's comprised of a large floodplain in the Werribee River and is bordered along one side by high cliffs and the river. Species-wise, it's pretty standard; zebra, eland, ostrich, giraffe, and white rhino.

    Here's a photo from the gallery.
    http://www.zoochat.com/78/flood-plain-savannah-199148/
     
  5. savethelephant

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    Wow that actually looks really nice and I guess it makes up for the fact of "common" animals.(Not that I have anything against that:D)
     
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    Kolmarden zoo has elephants in their Savannah exhibit. I realy like Burgers Zoo.
     
  9. savethelephant

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    Hmmm, Burgers looks interesting with the stream running through and actually having an extremely common wild animal but not zoo animal, blue wildebeest.
     
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    Check out the photos in the Birmingham Alabama section on this site already. Trails is unique with their Bull elephants. They also exhibit Giraffe under tree cover. The entire complex goes on to create a woodland vibe which is rare in Savannah's exhibits which tend to be more plains like.

    http://photos.zoochat.com/large/dsc01886-235599.jpg

    http://photos.zoochat.com/large/dsc018883-235601.jpg

    http://photos.zoochat.com/large/p10101121-190519.jpg

    http://photos.zoochat.com/large/p10101111-190518.jpg

    http://imgick.al.com/home/bama-medi...gham-news/photo/2012/04/-63898da6d7d19c90.JPG
     
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    Well, that is a pretty good looking exhibit Alabama has good there!
     
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    Kolmården doesn't keep Elephants in their savannah anymore and they haven't keep it since over 20 years back.

    Here are some of the savannah exhibit in Sweden.

    Borås Djurpark
    Main Savannah - 4 acre: African elephant, Rothschild's giraffe, Cape buffalo, Common eland, Blesbok, Grant's zebra, Ostrich, Helmeted guineafowl.

    Smaller Savannah - 1.75 acre: White rhino, Cheeath.

    Kolmården

    Savannah (zoo part) - 3.30 acre: White rhinos, Addax, Blesbok, Common eland, Blue wildebeest, Black sable antelope, Kafue lechwe, Grevy´s zebra.

    Savannah (Safari/ Aerial lift part) - 11.5 acre: Reticulated giraffe, Axis deer, Blackbuck, Gemsbok, Kafue lechwe, Grevy´s zebra, Blue wildebeest, Common eland, Ankole-watusi, Ostrich.

    ;)
     
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    Newquay Zoo is unique in the UK in having Black Wildebeest on its savannah exhibit, with Nyala, Chapman's Zebra and Guineafowl.
     
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    Cerza zoo, France
    Savannah 1480 acre
    Giraffe (10), White rhinos (3), Gemsbok (6), Ostrich (3), Ankole-watusi (4), Kafue lechwe (herd) and wild white stork.
     
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    Don't forget that some savannahs in Africa are quite thickly wooded (Guinea savannahs), as well as the grassland savannahs (Sahel savannahs). The wooded areas are the natural habitat of species such as elephant, giraffe, black rhino, baboons, bushbuck, duikers, dikdik and some larger antelope such as waterbuck.
    I would nominate Port Lympne's black rhino and Guinea baboons (although they may no longer be mixed) and African savannah aviaries like the Tsavo Aviary at Chester (glossy starlings, guineafowl, rollers, weaver birds, an odd plover and von der Decken's hornbills plus hammerkop and some waterfowl).

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    While we are back to this thread I nominate Freso Chaffee's new savannah exhibit.
    It looks extrmelly natural and hosts a very diverse mixed species group.
     
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    I've never been, but presume there's a typo in the size (that's the same as 6 km2 or almost 2½ sq mi).
     
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    6 hectares or 60 000 m2