While cleaning my basement, I stumbled upon a notebook containing a list I made of the San Diego Zoo's collection in the summer of 1990, when Tiger River had recently opened and the first phase of Gorilla Tropics (the Scripps aviary, several smaller aviaries, and the gorilla exhibit) was new (the bonobos, eagles, colobus/managabey, and some other smaller bird exhibits were still under construction). At this time, the old Bird and Primate plazas were still in existence, though the Bird Plaza in particular had some empty exhibits hose denizens had already moved to other locations (by the following year, many more exhibits on both plazas were empty). I had a full day at the zoo, but not the benefit of the longer evening hours now offered during the summer, and so did not manage to cover the entire zoo - I know that I missed the reptile plaza, the hummingbird aviary (which I was barely able to see before I had to leave, and for which I was unable to write down any of the species), and the aviary behind the bus stop, and I know that certain areas toward the end of my visit were rushed through (my notes for some of the smaller exhibits on Horn & Hoof are lacking, among others). But, for all of you fellow zoo nerds, I thought I'd post this list, as I certainly found it interesting. I plan on posting in several chunks (as long as there is interest from you all - this can be a bit time-consuming) - so here is the first part. Flamingo Lagoon: Little Blue Heron, White Ibis, Yellow-billed Spoonbill, Caribbean Flamingo, Canvasback, American Goosander Macaws: Hyacinth Macaw, Blue & Yellow Macaw, Military Macaw, Scarlet Macaw, Green-winged Macaw Tiger River Gavial Green Tree python Fishing Cat Indian Pond Heron, Milky Stork, Lesser Adjutant Stork, Oriental Ibis, White Spoonbill, Indian Whistling Duck, Radjah Shelduck, Cotton Teal, Pied Avocet, Australian Stone Curlew, Red-wattled Lapwing, White-breasted Kingfisher, Indian Roller, Chinese Bulbul, Black-throated Laughing Thrush, Red-tailed Laughing Thrush, Crested Shrike-jay, Azure-winged Magpie, Indian Flying Fox Cattle Egret, Malayan Tapir Reticulated Python Black-naped Fruit Dove, Crimson-breasted Barbet, Golden-breasted Fulvetta, Gold-crested Mynah, Larger Mouse Deer Prevost's Squirrel Sumatran Tiger Ferruginous Wood-partridge, Great Argus Pheasant, Golden Pheasant, Golden Heart, Lesser Brown Fruit Dove, Yellow-breasted Fruit Dove, Blue-winged Pitta, Daurian Redstart, Red-tailed Laughting Thrush, Red-faced Liocichla, Silver-eared Mesia, Thai Black Drongo Gorilla Tropics Scripps Aviary Black-headed Heron, Hammerkop, Abdim's Stork, Hermit Ibis, African Spoonbill, White-faced Whistling Duck, African Pygmy Goose, Cape Teal, Red-billed Pintail, Hottentot Teal, African Pygmy Falcon, African Jacana, Pied Avocet, Common Pratincole, Crowned Plover, South African Speckled Pigeon, Olive Pigeon, Red-eyed Dove, Laughing Dove, Black-billed Wood Dove, Namaqua Dove, African Green Pigeon, Gray Plantain-eater, Lady Ross's Turaco, Speckled Mousebird, Woodland Kingfisher, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Brown-hooded Kingfisher, Lilac-breasted Roller, Racket-tailed Roller, Rufous-crowned Roller, Blue-bellied Roller, Bearded Barbet, Oriole Warbler, Amethyst Starling, Southern Boubou, Fiscal Shrike, White-browed Robin Chat, Snowy-headed Robin Chat, White-crowned Robin Chat, Groundscraper Thrush, Arrow-marked Babbler, White-headed Buffalo Weaver, Hildebrandt's Starling, Wattled Starling Trumpeter Hornbill, Silvery-cheeked Hornbill, Suni Greater Painted Snipe, Black-headed Plover, White-fronted Sand Plover, Afircan Green Pigeon, White-bellied Go-away Bird, Little Bee-eater, White-eared Barbet, Fire-spotted Woodpecker, Snowy-headed Robin Chat, Capuchin Babbler, Splendid Sunbird, Golden-breasted Starling Congo Peafowl, Tambourine Dove, African Green Pigeon, Black-winged Lovebird, Schalow's Turaco, Golden-tailed Woodpecker, Long-crested Helmetshrike, White-crowned Robin Chat Bird Plaza Barbary Partridge, White-bellied Bustard, Egyptian Plover, Red-faced Lovebird Black-breasted Buttonquail, Goffin's Cockatoo African Pygmy Goose, African Jacana, Nyasa Lovebird, White-browed Robin Chat, Splendid Sunbird, Yellow-mantled Widowbird Dusky Lory Black-winged Ground Dove, Long-wattled Umbrella Bird, Spangle-cheeked Tanager Black-breasted Buttonquail, Hooded Parrot Sunbittern, Black-winged Ground Dove, Crimson Fruitcrow, Silver-throated Tanager, Spangle-cheeked Tanager, Swallow Tanager Hawk-headed Parrot Red-necked Aracari Black-breasted Buttonquail, Bronze-winged Parrot Bare-faced Ground Dove, Capuchin Bird, Andean Solitaire, Orange-billed Sparrow, Golden-browed Chlorophonia, Bay-headed Tanager, Golden-masked Tanager Taviuni Shining Parrot Crested Wood Partridge, Brown-backed Emerald Dove, Red-flanked Lorikeet, Lesser Green Broadbill, Orange-headed Ground Thrush, Yellow-breasted Laughing Thrush, Striated Yuhina Kea Bar-shouldered Dove, Blue-winged Parrot, Satin Bowerbird Blue-cheeked Amazon Yellow-crowned Amazon Galah Philby's Rock Partridge, Red-bellied Macaw Golden Conure Javanese Collared Dove, Pompadour Green Pigeon, Black-chinned Fruit Dove, Philippine Hanging Parrot, Red-tailed Minla Masked Shining Parrot Picui Dove, Turquoise Tanager, Red-legged Honeycreeper Thick-billed Parrot Amboina King Parrot Australian King Parrot Red-capped Parrot Kandavu Shining Parrot Guam Kingfisher, Blue-winged Leafbird, Blue-backed Fairy Bluebird Primate Plaza Ring-tailed Lemur Red Ruffed Lemur Black-and-white Ruffed Lemur Bolivian Reed Titi White-faced Saki Mantled Howler Bolivian Red Howler Golden-breasted Mangabey Cherry-crowned Mangabey Schmidt's Redtail Monkey Moustached Monkey Owl-faced Monkey L'Hoest's Monkey DeBrazza's Monkey Allen's Swamp Monkey Celebes Macaque Drill Kikuyu Colobus Fossa Siberian Yellow-throated Marten Grey-headed Tayra Guam Rail Red-flanked Douc Langur White-sideburned Black Leaf Monkey Siamang Bornean Orangutan Sumatran Orangutan Chinese Water Deer North Indian Muntjac Reeves's Muntjac That seems like a good place to break for now. A few thoughts I had while typing this: While the loss of species hoofstock at the Zoo (and Safari Park) is oft-bemoaned (that'll be covered in another post), I was struck by the incredible diversity of birds, many of which are no longer represented in any American collections. Four species of spoonbill, five species of roller (four in one aviary alone), all three species of Prosopeia parrot, a huge number of Neotropical bird species (there is little dedicated to South American birds any longer)... Not to mention the primates - two species of howlers (both barely represented at present, and not in San Diego's collection), five species of guenon (including sorely missed Owl-faced), the douc langurs... Hope at least some of you found this interesting.... I will follow up next week with the remainder of the collection.