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Discussion in 'General Zoo Discussion' started by Meaghan Edwards, 5 Nov 2008.

  1. dragon(ele)nerd

    dragon(ele)nerd Well-Known Member

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    I personally have seen many animals in the wild at all, but yeah Healsville even has a nice little family going, I'd love to see a Pugle one day.
     
  2. ANyhuis

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    Colin,
    I'm with you on badly wanting to see a platypus! In the wild would be great, but even in a zoo would be fantastic too.

    Ituri, as for the Jentinck's duikers, you said "not sure there are any left". I'm pretty sure the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas has them -- and they're the ONLY ones.

    I've seen most of the animals on this site, but some that I haven't (in addition to the platypuses):

    Whale shark (gotta get to Atlanta), great white shark, elephant seal, narwhal.
    >> Why is most of my wish list aquatic?
     
  3. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    such as could be directed at other people also...kakapo and Javan rhino anyone? Anyway I dare say all the species I selected could be found in zoos somewhere, probably even the giant armadillo in some South American zoo
     
  4. dragon(ele)nerd

    dragon(ele)nerd Well-Known Member

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    I'm not sure about the Vietnam popualtion with the Javan Rhino but I'm sure that all Javan Rhinos in Indoensia live in Ujong National park,
     
  5. Pertinax

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    The interesting thing was that seeing a wild Platypus was far less difficult than I expected it to be. I followed one for several hundred yards upstream as it swam and dived for yabbies(Crayfish) just by walking very quietly along the bank behind it. I must have seen half a dozen in different places, just by choosing likely- looking places at the best time of day.
     
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    Gladys Porter has just ONE Jentinck's duiker left-so better hurry...
     
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    Another species quite easy to see in the wild in the right areas(torrent rivers) of NZ. They are great- I saw them somewhere, would it be Tongeraro National Park?

    Arundel is a little bit nearer for Gentle Lemur though....;)
     
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    not so easy any more unfortunately. In the last decade the population has declined from an estimated 1200 pairs to fewer than 600 pairs. There are some places (especially in the central North Island) where they can still readily be found if you know where to go, but many rivers where they were once common are either now entirely bereft of blue duck or they are reduced to a few pairs or lone males. In the South Island they are more or less now restricted to the upper reaches of alpine streams. The surviving populations are usually skewed towards males because the females are killed on the nest by stoats and other introduced predators. They are more difficult to conserve than most NZ birds because they are so specialised and there are literally no offshore islands with suitable habitat for them: they have to be preserved on the mainland amongst the predators because there is nowhere else for them to go.
     
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    I had no idea Blue Duck had crashed.:(
    The same NZ problem affecting yet another species.
    This is very serious, are they able to supplement the diminishing numbers with captive breeding, to at least halt the decline?
     
  13. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    there is a captive-breeding programme and captive-bred young are being released to the wild, but that of course doesn't address the real issue for the population crash, which is largely the introduced predators (and to a somewhat lesser extent, habitat destruction through damming, pollution, forest loss, etc). The only real permanent solution to saving the blue duck would be the elimination of all the predators, and that isn't going to happen unfortunately.
     
  14. kiang

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    Animals i would like to see

    spotted cuscus
    slender loris
    red uakari
    douc and proboscis langur
    bonobo
    pacarana
    marbled polecat (visited Edinburgh zoo many times never saw them once!)
    fossa
    giant otter
    aardwolf
    brown hyena
    jaguarundi
    Stellers sea lion
    Baikal seal
    southern elephant seal
    aardvark
    mountain tapir
    kulan
    Somali wild ass
    barasingha
    giant eland
    red hartebeest
    saiga
    musk oxen (hopefully soon at HWP)
     
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    On our visit to Australia in 2006 my great thrill was seeing an echidna in the wild. Also saw lots of birds, Western grey kangaroos, koala, tammar wallabies, New Zealand fur seals, Australian sea lions, fairy penguins--all on Kangaroo Island. It was fantastic!
     
  16. redpanda

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    Zoo animals i want to see:
    South-China Tiger,
    Platypus,
    Giant Panda,
    Mountain or Cross River Gorilla,
    Takahe,
    Kakapo,
    California Condor,
    Red Wolf,
    Ethiopian Wolf,
    Spotted Hyena,
    Mountain Tapir,
    Steller's Sea-Lion,
    Baikil Fur Seal,
    Maditerranean Monk Seal,
    Southern Elephant Seal,
    Proboscis Monkey,
    Tibetan Antelope,
    Wild Bactrian Camel (i don't think that there are any left in captivity),
    Saiga,
    Giant Eland,
    Bornean Forest Elephant,
    Tibetan Fox,
    Big-Horn Sheep,
    Przevalski's Gazelle,
    and
    Thylacine but i'm 72 years late!
     
  17. kiang

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    I think its fair to say redpanda most of these you won't see in any zoo
     
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    I know but there is no harm in dreaming.
     
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    Grey Wolf (my personal favorite)
    Cheetah
    Striped Hyena
    Spotted Hyena
    Wildebeest
    Black-Backed Jackal
    American Black Bear
    Sloth Bear
    Giant Anteater
    Wolverine
    Aardwolf
    Caracal
    Red Deer
    Moose
    Muskox
    Capybara
     
  20. Middnight

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    Polar Bear is the only one I want to see.
    However it would be so depressing to see one within a zoo.