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Discussion in 'General Zoo Discussion' started by Coquinguy, 18 Jun 2007.

  1. Coquinguy

    Coquinguy Well-Known Member

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    ok, given how many international forum members we now have, id like to present the world's first 'zoobeat zooworld awards'.
    each country can nominate up to two mega-exhibits (no fart-arse tropical houses etc). the exhibits are based upon design standards, though extra marks are given for in-situ conservation links, major breeding successes, etc. strong debate is encouraged, and for arguments sake Scotland is part of the UK-so its edinburgh vs chester. other rules are to be made up as we go along.

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    im nominating wild asia at taronga and trail of the elephants at melbourne to start with, but i expect this to be argued, by at least Pat!
     
  2. Writhedhornbill

    Writhedhornbill Well-Known Member

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    Am I allowed to nominate zurich zoo's masaola exhibit? It's brill and has lots of links to in-situ conservation projects.

    Another 2 are Chester's orang and Elephant house.
     
  3. jwer

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    Depends what you call a "mega-exhibit". Aren't Taronga's Asia trails multiple exhibits? So can we nominate an area or something? I would say the only thing that we would be able to nominate is a single exhibit. But that raises the question if large greenhouses can be entered because they are usually an exhibit for all the free-ranging birds but also hold single-species exhibits in them...

    So I don't know if i can nominate these, since they're the biggest in the world i doubt you can call em "fart-arsed"

    Burger's Zoo Arnhem
    - Bush, (featured on ZooLex.org) afaik still the biggest tropical greenhouse exhibit at least in Europe, and maybe the world.
    - Desert, afaik the only VERY large greenhouse dedicated to a desert. The whole house is dedicated to the NA Sonora desert.

    Only other exhibit worth entering from the Netherlands is the Pinguin exhibit at Emmen Zoo which is extraordinary.

    I would guess the germans would probably enter (any germans here to argue?)
    Köln Zoo - Elefantenpark. The new and large elephant house build to hold 3.15 asian elephants (around those figures) and offspring.
    Zoo Berlin (West) - Hippopotamus dome which houses large and pygmee hippo's with underwater view.
     
  4. Coquinguy

    Coquinguy Well-Known Member

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    masaola exhibit certainly qualifies. by 'fart arse' greenhouses i didnt mean exhibits like that, i meant tiny little tropical buildings, or things like a meerkat exhibit or something. what we want is groundbreaking stuff. ;)
    wild asia at taronga qualifies as a mega-exhibit as the whole thing is built to be one exhibit. think bronx's congo forest, etc.
    in that sense this isnt just restricted to single species enclosures.
     
  5. ^Chris^

    ^Chris^ Well-Known Member

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    What about Bristol Zoo's Penguin and Fur Seal Coast. I think that is a pretty good 'mega exhibit', I know it's two really but they merge well. I think it also has connections to the wild environment as well.
     
  6. patrick

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    we use teh word "exhibit" pretty loosly round here, but to me, in the zoo sense - each differnet species display usually qualifies as an exhibit, except of course if they share an enclosure in which case its still one exhibit, just a mixed species exhibit. an exhibit can have more than one enclosure, but so long as its all part of the one feature constructed to be viewed as a whole is still just one exhibit. many exhibits along a particular theme usually make up a precinct, but i suppose you could call them a mega-exhibit if you like.
     
  7. boof

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    Taronga's Wollemi exhibit is one of the best I've seen for mixed spieces. Also add the multiple births of platypus, although not a rare animal.It is one of only 2 places to breed them in captivity. It's not my favourite exihibit of all time but it is in my top ten.
    Singapore's baboon's are pretty impressive too.