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

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    During the 60's / 70's ?
     
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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).
     
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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
     
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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

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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

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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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    Yes ZOODOM is what I was referring to.
     
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    Strange, what a coincidence. That's how I think of elephants- disgusting creatures.:confused:

    Well, thank goodness these repulsive sea leopards are no longer in captivity.:):):):)
     
  15. Neil chace

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    Really there are a lot of weird animals out there. Probably some of the weirdest ones in my opinion are Mata Mata turtles, naked mole rats, platypus, and aye-ayes. However, I think the better question is what animals is the LEAST weird?
     
  16. amur leopard

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    Elephants or elephant seals?
     
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    Melibe viridis as well as siphonophores.
     
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    Skeleton Shrimp (actually amphipods, not shrimp). They look like stick figures.
     
  19. Dhole dude

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    Snapping turtles, not only do they weird me out they terrify me. One day I was on a walk in the forest and I saw a golf ball in a fallen tree, I got closer and saw a huge snapping turtle skeleton, I’ve been scared of them ever since.
     
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    In many ways, the weirdest animals must be tardigrades