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Discussion in 'General Zoo Discussion' started by Marc, 7 Jul 2008.

  1. amur leopard

    amur leopard Well-Known Member

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    Chances are it was in London :D
     
  2. Onychorhynchus coronatus

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    I sincerely hope ZSL obtain a solenodon in the future , it would be incredible to see one.
     
  3. Chlidonias

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    He saw it at Frankfurt Zoo in Germany.
     
  4. Onychorhynchus coronatus

    Onychorhynchus coronatus Well-Known Member

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    During the 60's / 70's ?
     
  5. gentle lemur

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    31st August 1973. I have always regretted that I didn't try to take a photo while it was active, but I had very little high speed film left after my tour through German and Swiss zoos (and I still had Holland and Belgium to visit). If there hadn't been a tarsier in the enclosure next door but one, I might have done so, but I wanted to keep a few frames for that (and the gorillas and the bonobos and the grey-necked Picathartes etc). When I returned later in the day it was not visible (I presume in its nestbox).
     
  6. Onychorhynchus coronatus

    Onychorhynchus coronatus Well-Known Member

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    Not only a solenodon but a tarsier in the enclosure next door ! Incredible ! It must have been an amazing trip indeed !
     
  7. Tim May

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    I did see the solenodon in London Zoo's Clore Pavilion in 1967
     
  8. Onychorhynchus coronatus

    Onychorhynchus coronatus Well-Known Member

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    Do you know what happened to that individual by chance ?
     
  9. Tim May

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    Sadly London Zoo's solenodon was only there for a few months. I was a child at the time and, unfortunately, after more than half-a-century I don't know exactly what happened to it.

    I will try to find out more details.
     
  10. Onychorhynchus coronatus

    Onychorhynchus coronatus Well-Known Member

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    What an incredible animal to see as a child though ! That would be wonderful if you could find out more information about it , much appreciated.
     
  11. Luke da Zoo nerd

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    You can still see a few zoos with solenedons in the hati/dominican republic area though.
     
  12. Onychorhynchus coronatus

    Onychorhynchus coronatus Well-Known Member

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    Yes I know there is ZOODOM in the DR that apparently has solenodon on display to the public (?) but I dont think they are kept in any other zoo in the country and I definitely don't think there are any kept across the border in Haiti (Not sure Haiti even has a zoo actually).
     
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  13. Luke da Zoo nerd

    Luke da Zoo nerd Well-Known Member

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    Yes ZOODOM is what I was referring to.