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

  1. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    sore loser :p

    I think ratites is a good hand to play because they have a good mix of common zoo inhabitants (eg ostrich) and rarer ones that you need to travel to get (eg kiwi and most of the cassowaries). Unlike, say, hyaenas! How easy are they!? Just go to Berlin :D
     
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  2. TeaLovingDave

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    So near, and yet so far ;) as even disregarding tinamous I still lack all the kiwis, and two species of cassowary, and to get *any* of those I'd need a trip to the continent - Walsrode, by the looks of it, would be the best bet. To get them all, I'd need to throw in a visit down under!
     
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    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    that's the spirit!!
     
  4. DDcorvus

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    Still 4 species of kiwis to go and also my tinamu list is quite limited (just 5 species). I m wondering if someone here has all psittacidae. That would be impressive, I m quite far with the species in captivity (most notable one missing is the spix' macaw for the rest I have seen all species present in Europe).
     
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    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    I think you'd have to phrase that as "I'm wondering if someone here has all the Psittacidae in captivity" because there are quite a lot that aren't or have never been kept. Even if only considering captive ones that would involve a truck-load of travel to accomplish (I think only a very select few of us have seen kakapo in captivity for example)
     
  6. TeaLovingDave

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    I still need two species of hyena, and one of them is almost impossible to see in the UK - however I do have a trumpcard in having the Southern Aardwolf, which is pretty much absent in captivity!

    The closest to a full set of mammals I have, in terms of groups with more than 2 or 3 species, would be big cats - I have all but one species, and being as the final one is the Sunda Clouded Leopard, I may as well call it a complete set ;)
     
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    All psittacidae in captivity would be impressive already as except Kakapo it would also include rarities as the western ground parrot or some obscure species like bolborhynchus orbygneisus (in Europe down to a handfull pairs). Except for the spix I have seen all species that are (probably) in Europe but I miss some species that for most Australians are an easy tick like the varied lorikeet or purple-crownes.

    And then we indeed don't even talk about South American genus like Touit or Pyrilia.
     
  8. TeaLovingDave

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    Haha, in an ideal world I'd manage to time my visit for one of the occasions when Sirocco the kakapo is visible. There may only be three species of Strigopoid parrot, but I'd love to have *that* full set.

    Of course, I'd be needing to get Kaka too :p
     
  9. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    when you go to Europe for the ratites stop by Stuttgart. I think they still have one kaka left.
     
  10. TeaLovingDave

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    Lucky bastards :p still, even with my limited zoo experience I've managed to see one or two things which those of us in the USA and the southern hemisphere would KILL to see, so it works both ways.
     
  11. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    no, kakapo extinguishes all other claims
     
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    It's a shame that kaka are so scarce in Europe when you consider kea are still relatively widespread.
     
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    Cat Ba Langur.

    Northern White Rhino.


    Just sayin'.


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  14. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    seriously? A monkey with a silly name and what is basically a big cow with horns on its nose? No contest I'm afraid :p
     
  15. TeaLovingDave

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    I've seen a mesoplodont beaked whale in the wild, I reckon that's not too shabby!

    I've also seen a leatherback turtle and basking shark in the wild, both on the same day! ;)
     
  16. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    oh, I may have to forfeit then :( I can't compete with a beaked whale
     
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    Get your taxonomy right, it's a big horse with horns...

    Kakapo is certainly impressive, is it as good as wild numbats?

    I'm not really a lister or ticker but I have always like tapirs and have seen all but Baird's. But I'm going to Berlin later this year, so I'll also see Chacoan peccaries and complete the peccary set and so be able to charge double the rent and build houses and hotels, oh hang on I'm getting confused
     
  18. TeaLovingDave

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    If it's any consolation, I haven't a clue which one it was, as I was only small when I saw it. :D
     
  19. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    ya, I went with cow for their placid nature, I wasn't really thinking taxonomically in that case

    now that's just a low blow
     
  20. TeaLovingDave

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    Of course, depending on what the eventual concensus on Pecari maximus is, your monopoly may be stymied!