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Zoo animals you want to see but haven't yet

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

  1. CZJimmy

    CZJimmy Well-Known Member

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    You just have to pick and choose which zoos you see them in. There are some very poor polar bear enclosures around the world, however there are some very good ones in the US and there is one massive naturalistic one in Sweden.
     
  2. Zebraduiker

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    Why it is depressing to see polar bears in a zoo, but it isn't depressing to see the other bear species in zoos ? Where's the diffrence ? Whats so special with polar bears ?
     
  3. dragon(ele)nerd

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    Perhaps because it is so hard to replicate the area that they come from, and the area that they live in barely any humans get to experince the sight of them, plus there beautiful, mystical white and huge! Well that's just my opinion,
     
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  4. Tim May

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    Rather optimistic, but five species I would like to see in zoos are:-

    Javan rhinoceros
    African manatee
    African water chevrotain
    mountain nyala
    chiru
     
  5. Kakapo

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    I never saw, and woudl be very exciting to se:

    > Jungle Elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis)
    > Sumatran Rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis)
    > Javan Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros sondaicus)
    > Mauritius Kestrel (Falco punctatus)
    > Kleinschmidt's Falcon (Falco kreyemborgi)
    > Bornean Bristlehead (Pityriasis gymnocephala)
    > Lanceolated Jay (Garrulus lanceolatus)
    > Purple Jay (Garrulus lidthii)
    > Hawaian Crow (Corvus tropicus)
    > Madagascar Barn Owl (Tyto soumagnei)
    > Red Wolf (Canis rufus)
    > Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis)
    > Blue Chaffinch (Fringilla teydea)
    > Iberian Lynx (Lynx pardina)
    > Siberian Crane (Grus leucogeranus)
    > Whooping Crane (Grus americana)
    > Japanese Crane (Grus japonensis)
    > Siberian Capercaillie (Tetrao parvirostris)
    > Galapagos Buzzard (Buteo galapagoensis)
    > Hawaii Buzzard (Buteo solitarius)
    > Caucasian Grouse (Lyrurus mlokosiewiczii)
    > Reunion Harrier (Circus maillardi)
    > Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi)
    > Lammergeier (Gypetus barbatus)
    > European Castor (Castor fiber)
    > Storm Stork (Ciconia stormii)
    > Black-billed Stork (Ciconia boyciana)
    > Australian Goshawk (completely white ones) (Accipiter novaehollandiae)
    > Cuban Goshawk (Accipiter gundlachii)
    > Pygmy Wildboar (Sus salvanius)
    > Spotted Forest Owlet (Athene blewittii)
    > Mauritius Pink Pigeon (Columba mayeri)
    > Somalian Wild Ass (Equus africanus somalicus)
    > Kouprey (Bos sauvelii)
    > "King" Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)
    > Asiatic Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus venaticus)
    > Kaka (Nestor meridionalis)
    > Magadascar Fishing Eagle (Haliaeetus vociferoides)
    > Pallas' Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus)
    > Laysan Teal (Anas laysanensis)
    > Madagascar Porchard (Aythya innotata)
    > Mauritius Parakeet (Psittacula echo)
    > Lear's Macaw (Anodorhynchus leari)
    > Green Junglefowl (Gallus varius)
    > Copper Pheasant (Syrmaticus soemmerringi)
    > Mikado Pheasant (Syrmaticus mikado)
    > Green Pheasant (Phasianus versicolor)
    > Arabian Oryx (Oryx leucoryx)
    > Micronesian Kingfisher (Halcyon cinnamomina)
    > Mediterranean Monk Seal (Monachus monachus)
    > White Ibis (Eudocimus albus)
    > Schlegel's Asiti (Philepitta schlegeli)
    > Mallee Pheasant (Leipoa ocellata)
    > Rifleman (Acanthisitta chloris)
    > Sea Iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus)
    > Kenya Giant Hog (Hylochoerus meinertzhageni)
    > Spiny Echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus)
    > King of Saxony Bird of Paradise (Pteridophora alberti)
    > Houbara Bustard (Chlamydotis undulata)
    > Long-nosed Echidna (Zaglossus bruijnii)
    > Sword-billed Hummingbird (Ensifera ensifera)
    > Sectetarybird (Sagittarius serpentarius)
    > American Jabiru (Jabiru mycteria)
    > Wild Yak (Bos grunniens)
    > Twelve-wired Bird of Paradise (Seleucidis melanoleuca)
    > Gurney's Pitta (Pitta gurneyi)
    > Boat-billed Heron (Cochlearius cochlearius)
    > Philippine Cockatoo (Cacatua haematuropygia)
    > Nautilus (Nautilus pompilius)
    > King Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus regius)
    > Takin (Budorcas taxicolor)
    > Saola (Pseudoryx ngethingnensis)
    > Blue Vanga (Cyanolanius madagascarinus)
    > Courol (Leptosomus discolor)
    > Kagu (Rhynochetos jubatus)
    > Gharial (Gavialis gangeticus)
    > and a tooooooo big ETC... and of course the Kakapo (Strigops habroptilus)!!
     
  6. aim_foliksta

    aim_foliksta Well-Known Member

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    There's my current list:

    Indian Gharial (I hope I'll see it in few weeks :p)
    Tuatara
    Philippine Crocodile
    American Crocodile
    Slender-snouted Crocodile
    Orinoco Crocodile
    Freshwater Crocodile
    New Guinea Crocodile
    Echidna
    Tasmanian devil
    Platypus
    Kiwi
    Gerenuk
     
  7. Dom

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    A few animals i'd like to see (im sure theres more!)

    Sloth bear
    Sumatran Rhino
    wombat
    Clouded Leopard
    Echidna
    Striped Hyena
    Aardvark
    Armadillo
    Kiwi
    Flying Squirrel
    Tasmanian Devil
    Wolverine
    Bonobo
    Pangolin
    Aardwolf

    As i said......theres probably more!
     
  8. ANyhuis

    ANyhuis Well-Known Member

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    Polar Bears are VERY common in zoos, and very, very rarely are they depressing to see! You should see them in Detroit, San Diego, Baltimore, Toledo, or Pittsburgh -- excellent exhibits. At the Maryland Zoo (in Baltimore), you can even climb into a real Tundra Buggy and look out of its windows at the white bears.
     
  9. groundskeeper24

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    brown hyena
    Gangetic or Chinese river dolphin (was fortunate enough to see Amazon r.d. at the Shedd when I was very young)
    dugong
    orinoco crocodile
    saltwater crocodile
    bornean earless monitor
    raccoon dog
    platypus
    syrian brown bear
     
  10. groundskeeper24

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    Oh, and I'd like to see a Heck horse and Heck cattle. Technically domestics, but attempted recreations of extinct species.
     
  11. Kakapo

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    Sorry Groundskeeper but will be impossiible to see Chinese river dolphin (Lipotes vexillifer) in zoos. It's extinct.

    In Berlin zoo you have Orinoco dolphin, at least...
     
  12. Chlidonias

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    as is probably the kouprey, Kakapo ;)
     
  13. Arizona Docent

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    I see this is a very popular thread and very regional. Our UK friends list many species that we here in the US take for granted (one example: it seems the majority of zoos here with wolves have mexican wolves, which I've seen many times). A common theme is Australian animals, not surprising due to their uniqueness and due to EXTREMELY stringent export regulations on the part of the Aussie government.

    Kakapo mentions "boat-billed heron." We have those in our South America aviary here at Reid Park Zoo, very easy to see (except of course for the long flight from Spain to Arizona).

    A few mentions of various crocodiles; I believe St Augustine Alligator Farm in northern Florida has every species of crocodilian in the world (never been there myself, but it seems that's what they used to claim).

    Also a couple California Condor mentions. Years ago, San Diego Wild Animal Park finally put their condors on public display. This summer, the San Diego Zoo will also have them as part of the new Elephant Odyssey. Also, Santa Barbara Zoo is building a new condor exhibit.

    Condors were strictly off-exhibit until their numbers finally got high enough. Maybe the same will happen with iberian lynx that a couple people mention (and is a top on my list as a cat fanatic). Their numbers are increasing in captivity, there will be six breeding centers by the end of this year, and Zoo Jerez has them off exhibit. Maybe Zoo Jerez will be allowed to build a public display in a couple years?
     
  14. Meaghan Edwards

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    -Duiker (any)
    -Klipspringer
    -Marine Iguana
    -Civet (any)
    -Genet (any)
    -Linsang
    -Giant Eland
    -Giant Otter
    -Giant Anteater
    -Armadillo (any)
    -Pangolin (any)
    -Mountain Zebra
    -Sunbear
    -Asiatic Black Bear
    -Zorilla
    -Honey Badger (any badger would be nice, though!)
    -Mouse Lemur (and many other Lemur species)
    -Douc langur
    -Markhor
    -Sarus Crane
    -Mountain Bongo
    -Crab-eating raccoon
    -Mountain Tapir (I *might* be seeing them and some of the species on my first post if my plan of going to Mountain View Conservation Centre goes ahead)
    -Wolverine (*fingers crossed that Toronto Zoo will be getting them as originally planned for the Tundra exhibit*)
    -Vancouver Island Marmot (I believe they're not on display in any of the zoos they're in; maybe they will be if they can get their numbers up, like the Californian Condor)
    -Indian Dhole
    -Steller's Sea Lion
    -Martial Eagle
    -African Fish Eagle
    -Swift Fox
    -Kit Fox
    -Amazon River Dolphin
    -Beluga
    -Spotted Dolphin
     
  15. Kakapo

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    Yes Chlidonias, I considered it as Extinct by reading books, but after, talking with a friend, he said me that probably it's still alive. I tried to find where he said me this, but I don't found...

    Arizona Docent: Yes... and Boat Billed heron is even in my own country, in Terra Natura (Alicante), a place that at the moment I don't visited. It's not endangered but I'm fastinated by their strange shapes -hard to imagine as a true heron!-
     
  16. mstickmanp

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    Douc Langur
    Proboscis Monkey
    Golden Takin
    Saiga
    Giant Otter
    Zebra Duiker
    Jentink's Duiker
    Steller's Sea Lion
    Amazon River Dolphin
    Clouded Leopard
    Platypus
    Dhole
    California Condor
    Bearded Pig
    Spanish Ibex
    Kiwi
    Wombat
    Aardwolf
    Tasmanian Devil
    Pied Hornbill
    Dibatag

    I'm sure there are more that I can't remember.
     
  17. PAT

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    I noticed a lot of Australian species in peoples lists that I take for granted here in Australia but there are a lot of species that all of you'd take for granted that I'd have to leave the country to see.
    Here is my list:-
    ~River Dolphin (any)
    ~Sumatran Rhino
    ~Manatee (any)
    ~Okapi
    ~Takin
    ~Walrus
    ~Warthog or Red River Hog
    ~Duiker (any)
    And finally Giant Panda which I'll hopefully be seeing in Adelaide later this year.
     
  18. Sun Wukong

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    If you mean botos (Inia geoffrensis)-none of the two Berlin zoos ever kept this species. The Museum of Natural History in Berlin might have some dead ones in their collection, though. Or do you mean Duisburg Zoo's "Baby"? ;)
     
  19. Kakapo

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    Oregon Zoo will soon be building a California condor exhibit in its Great Northwest section. I've also heard rumors about another possible California condor exhibit in the works somewhere else as well.