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what would be on your ark?

Discussion in 'General Zoo Discussion' started by thecheetah805, 10 May 2016.

  1. thecheetah805

    thecheetah805 Member

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    Attenborough's ark was shown on BBC 4 again last night and it got me thinking; what ten animals would be on your personal ark? this is not necessarily your favourite animals, but the animals that you couldn't lose and that you would like to save from extinction. Your ark should represent the variety of life on earth and the animals on it don't have to be endangered. Good luck! :)
     
  2. Nikola Chavkosk

    Nikola Chavkosk Well-Known Member

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    Black rhinoceroses
    Masai giraffes
    Sunda clouded leopards
    Chimpanzees
    Bornean orangutans
    Hyacinth macaws
    Chattering lories
    King vultures
    Eastern green mambas
    Indochinese spitting cobras

    :eek:
     
  3. Batto

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    Don't forget to squeeze in a well-equipped and -staffed ICU then...

    The concept of an ark for conservation might be philosophically and religiously pleasing, but is practically unfeasible.

    As for the practicability to survive on a large wooden ship and sustain oneself , I'd be rather tempted to have only species useful for human survival come along, such as
    - Honey bees
    - Goats
    - Sheep
    - Dogs
    - Guinea Pigs
    - Chicken
    - Pigeons
    - African sharptooth catfish
    - Achatina sp.
    - Giant tortoises
     
  4. Nikola Chavkosk

    Nikola Chavkosk Well-Known Member

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    Yes Batto of corse that you are right! Just one question, why you listed giant tortoises?

    This just like for fun. But I wold love to keep and care well after those (mine listed) animals in a zoo.

    It also seems that you are replying most commonly in the day of snake in Chinese zodiac, as today is (11 may), wich is the most tense day (and most intelectual and when things can quicklu go out of control, I wold never work directly with venomous snakes on day like this!) from a 12-day serie... yesterday was the most positive day- Dragon. I am born in the year of the snake, but in the day of the tiger, you? :p
     
  5. Batto

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    Regarding giant tortoises: read the "Dangerously Edible" passage
    QI : Quite Interesting

    As I don't care much if any about astrology, I cannot answer your question nor do I see any reason to do so.

    Ask any zoo vet and he/she will probably tell you that they wouldn't mind having the chimps leave their respective zoo for good...not the nicest animals to take care of.
     
  6. HyakkoShachi

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    Assuming it would be to save complex land animals from being wiped out, I'd go with...

    Brown bear
    Coyote
    Brown rat
    Domestic cat
    Wild Boar
    Rhesus macaque
    Common brushtail possum
    House sparrow
    Rose ringed parakeet
    Common raven

    These animals are all pretty adaptable,so they'd recolonise the land without much trouble.
     
  7. HJoe

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    Posting two lists; in the vein of Attenborough's special mentioned in the first post, here are the species I'd most like to preserve and save immediately:

    Sunda pangolin
    Iberian lynx
    Sumatran rhino
    Saola
    Vaquita
    Kagu
    Kakapo
    Gharial
    Olm
    West Indian coelacanth

    As far as (terrestrial & freshwater) species I'd preserve were every landmass on Earth in immediate danger:

    Horse (both for domestication and to be released into wilderness)
    Dog (same)
    Domestic cat (same)
    Brown rat
    Carrion crow
    Any small colubrid snake (grass snake, garter, etc)
    Rainbow trout
    Western honey bee
    Any ant species
    Any termite species
     
  8. Loxodonta Cobra

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    For my ark I've chosen animals that are significant in history and their use/Symbolism to us.

    1. Western Honey Bee: Food creation
    2. Grey Wolf: Domestication
    3. North American Beaver: Ability to alter environment
    4. European Carp: Aquaculture
    5. Domestic Horse: Transportation
    6. Elephant: Ultimate beast of burden
    7. Lion: King of animals
    8. Domestic Goat: Milk
    9. Egyptian Mongoose: Pest control
    10. European Medical Leech: Medical reasons
     
  9. animalszoos

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    Sun Bear
    Cuban Solenodon
    Irrawaddy dolphin
    Basilisk lizard
    Chinese pangolin
    Sumatran rhino (like Attenborough's Ark)
    Whale shark
    Vancouver Island Marmot
    European Mink
    Malagasy civet (Fanaloka)
    Visayan warty pig
    Dugong
     
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  10. Rafiaan

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    Good luck building an ark for whale sharks! ;)
     
  11. animalszoos

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    HAHA...its possible!