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  1. Zoofan15

    Zoofan15 Well-Known Member 5+ year member

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    Werribee Open Range Zoo - Complete Species List (June 2012)

    Mammals


    African Lion Panthera leo
    Cheetah Acinonyx jubatus
    African Wild Dog Lycaon pictus pictus
    Serval Leptailurus serval
    Meerkat Suricata suricatta
    White Rhinoceros Ceratotherium simum simum
    Common Hippopotamus Hippopotamus amphibius
    Giraffe Giraffa camelopardalis
    Rothschild’s Giraffe Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi
    Plains Zebra Equus burchellii
    Przewalski’s Horse Equus ferus przewalskii
    Arabian Camel Camelus “dromedarius”
    American Bison Bison bison
    Cow/Ox Bos taurus
    African Buffalo Syncerus caffer nanus
    Eland Taurotragus oryx
    Greater Kudu Tragelpahus strepsiceros
    Addax Addax nasomaculatus
    Sable Antelope Hippotragus niger
    Scimitar Oryx Oryx dammah
    Waterbuck Kobus ellipsiprymnus
    Spotted Deer Axis axis
    Blackbuck Antilope cervicapra
    Western Gorilla Gorilla gorilla gorilla
    Vervet Monkey Chlorocebus pygerythrus johnstoni
    Eastern Barred Bandicoot Perameles gunnii
    Eastern Grey Kangaroo Macropus giganteus giganteus
    Red-bellied Pademelon Thylogale billardierii
    Common Ringtail Possum Pseudocheirus peregrinus peregrinus
    Sugar Glider Petaurus breviceps
    Squirrel Glider Petaurus norfolcensis

    Birds

    Ostrich Struthio camelus
    Emu Dromaius novaehollandiae novaehollandiae
    Brolga Grus rubicunda
    Tawny Frogmouth Podargus strigoides
    African Grey Parrot Psittacus erithacus
    Helmeted Guineafowl Numida meleagris
    Domestic Chicken Gallus gallus domestic

    Reptiles

    Freshwater Crocodile Crocodylus johnstoni
    Leopard Tortoise Geochelone pardalis
    Bell’s Hinge-back Tortoise Kinixys belliana
    Eastern Snake-necked Turtle Chelodina longicollis
    Coastal Bearded Dragon Pogona barbata
    Inland Bearded Dragon Pogona vitticeps
    Veiled Chameleon Chamaeleo calyptratus
    Striped Legless Lizard Delma impar
    Blotched Blue-tongue Tiliqua nigrolutea
    Shingleback Tiliqua rugosa
    Northern Blue-tongue Tiliqua scincoides intermedia
    Eastern Blue-tongue Tiliqua scincoides scincoides
    Dumeril’s Boa Boa dumerili
    Kenyan Sand Boa Eryx colubrinus
    Inland Carpet Python Morelia spilota metcalfei
    Carpet Python Morelia spilota variegate

    Amphibians

    Green Tree-frog Litoria caerulea
    Southern Bell Frog Litoria raniformis
    Japanese Fire-bellied Newt Cynops pyrrgogaster

    Fish

    Redeye Tetra Arnoldichthys spilopterus
    Spotted Catfish Synodontis nigriventris

    Invertebrates

    Rainforest Scorpion Liocheles waigiensis
    Queensland Desert Scorpion Urodacus macrurus
    Black Rock Scorpion Urodacus manicatus
    Whistling Spider Phlogius sp.
    Eastern Goliath Eurycnema goliath
    Spiny Stick Insect Extatosoma tiaratum
    Crowned Stick Insect Onchestus rentzi
    Walkingstick Tropidoderus sp.
     
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    2012-2022 Comparison

    A 2022 species list can be found here (compiled by @Jambo), with a note that this was not a complete species list as some of the species may have been off display.


    Interestingly, the mammals and birds haven’t taken the hit they did at Melbourne Zoo over the decade that’s been; though reptile species have decreased from 16 species in 2012 to approximately four in 2022 (bearing in mind there may be one or two off display).

    Being an open range zoo, Werribee has always had a smaller species list than what you’d expect from a city zoo. Also typical of an open range zoo, they have a higher number of mammal species (especially megafauna) versus birds, reptiles and amphibians - which are found in higher numbers at both Melbourne Zoo and other city zoos.

    I’m looking forward to seeing what Werribee achieve in the coming years. The highlight will of course be their elephants; with Spotted hyena also in the plans. The completion of the Bovid IRA will hopefully prompt them to consider some imports, though nothing has been announced yet.
     
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    Astrobird Well-Known Member 10+ year member

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    To add to this historical list, Werribee has also kept Sambar Deer, Water Buffalo and the last White tailed deer in Australia. I dont ever recall them having African Grey parrots, or any African aviary birds, despite earlier plans to have a walk thru aviary for African species.
     
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    Zoofan15 Well-Known Member 5+ year member

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    This species list only concerns what they held in June 2012, so I haven’t included species they held prior. It’s good to know for general interest though.

    Werribee Open Range Zoo held two female African grey parrot at that time that were on loan from a facility in Canberra. Melbourne Zoo received six unsexed African grey parrots from that same facility that year.
     
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    I wish they still had that reptile selection! Would be great to see.
     
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    It is a shame. I guess being an open range zoo, they’ve decided to dedicate their resources more towards mammals over the past decade - with Melbourne Zoo continuing to be Zoos Victoria’s stronghold for reptiles.

    Melbourne Zoo held an impressive 72 species of reptile in June 2012, which has declined slightly to around 55 species today.
     
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    Seems like the ‘smaller’ species have been overlooked largely. I’ve always been surprised that species like Ball Pythons and Kenyan Sand Boas haven’t been relocated to Werribee from Melbourne just based on the African theme. I’m sure there would be many other species held at Melbourne that would fit that bill too that I’m overlooking. Perhaps a move for the future with the Werribee expansion (or just an overly optimistic herp fanatic )
     
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    I agree. Aside from the fact there's the space at Werribee to construct large exhibits for these species, it also adds some variety. Plenty of people enjoy seeing reptiles (and birds) and while the focus is on mammals at Werribee, birds and reptiles at Melbourne and natives at Healseville, there's no reason there can't be a degree of diversity across the sites.

    Zoo's Victoria's zoos should be playing to their strengths. Werribee's is space, so they should build large exhibits for a variety of species imo (and that's coming from a mammals guy)
     
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    I believe they were kept off display; Melbourne had quite a lot at the time in a row of cages below the Bear enclosure.

    I agree, this would be great. I like the idea of having 'village huts' along the trails which contain smaller enclosures for African snakes, amphibians, insects ect. That's a great way to integrate some of those smaller species into a more open range, safari style facility.

    Here's an image of the Pula Hut, which used to hold an array of these smaller species but now sit's species less unfortunately:

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