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Discussion in 'Portugal' started by kiang, 17 Sep 2014.

  1. kiang

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    Is this zoo any good? Ill be visiting the algarve in summer
     
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    Resurrecting an old thread, and answering Diego's question well over a year after it was asked, but yes, Zoo de Lagos is well worth a visit.

    It is small, but within the limitation of its area it's deeply planted, and is a very pleasant environment. A very good bird collection is spread around the site, it seems there is a particular hornbill specialism, and primates too are exhibited very well. Photographic opportunities in general are very good. I did just the one circuit as it was a family visit, but could see the potential.

    Mammals are a bit more limited, but what they have is done well; pygmy hippos and Lyle's Flying Foxes being the highlights in nice exhibits.

    There is a brand new penguin exhibit, containing 20 Africans, just opened, with the pool being back to back with a swimming pool for humans, with underwater viewing between the two.

    All in all a charming little zoo, well worth a trip if you're in the area.

    The only slight criticism, and this is a personal one; there is quite a bit of area taken up by a farmyard full of domestics. I guess some people may be interested in the local varieties of cattle and sheep, as I say, its personal preference.

    I've put a small selection of photos in the gallery, to share a flavour of the place. Recommended.
     
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    When the penguin exhibit open it wasn't there last July when I visited
     
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    Within the last couple of weeks Diego. As I said, brand new.
    Its behind the gift shop if that helps you place its location.
     
  6. Calyptorhynchus

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    Just visited the zoo and could not agree more. Small as is, it is far better maintained than Lisbon Zoo (which was a disappointment to visit, with what could only be described as clear neglect and lack of curatorial work, with dirty, ill-kept exhibits, particularly the bird cages).
    Lagos is a very well-curated little zoo, with a very special vibe to it and has some very good results breeding-wise. It is privately owned and I think you can tell this in the way it is cared for.
    The bird collection is quite remarkable, and as mentioned Hornbills seem to be the focal group, with plenty of species to choose from - Great Hornbill, Wrinkled, Rhinoceros, Rufous, Southern Ground, Visayan, Papuan, Wreathed, Trumpeter, Black-casque, Silvery-cheeked and White-thighted (I think I didn't forget any). There are also a few cracid species (including Nocturnal Curassows), Socorro Doves, Laysan Ducks (and many other duck species), Inca Terns, Several stork species (I recall Marabous, Abdim's, Black, Yellow-billed), and a plethora of other species that make it a great zoo for bird lovers. The new Penguin exhibit where people can use part of the beach and have an underwater view of the penguins is quite cool.
    One remarkable think about Lagos is that it is a very appealing zoo, without any of the usual megafauna people usually associate with zoos - the bigger animals you'll find are Pygmy Hippos and Chimps. There are only two cat species - lynx and ocelot - and a few other primates such as lemurs, colobus and siamangs. There are no antelopes or wild equids, no giraffes, etc. And aside from some turtles and african dwarf crocodiles there are essentially no reptiles, but still the zoo is extremely pleasant and well worth a visit.
    By far my favourite zoo in Portugal.
     
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    White-thighed?
     
  8. Calyptorhynchus

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    Yes, Bycanistes albotibialis.

    On that note, I did forget to mention African grey hornbill and Red-billed Hornbills too.
     
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    According to ZTL, that species has not been exhibited in Europe since 1980.
     
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    I suppose ZTL is wrong then.
     
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    do you have a picture of the bird?
     
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    On April 11th, it was announced they are waiting for the hatching of some Darwin's rhea eggs. On March 20th, a wallaby got out of its mother's pouch and in March 14th, 4 cape barren gooses hatched.
     
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    On June 17th, they received a pair of Grey Kangaroos. This is the first time the zoo has the species and they are the only zoo in Portugal that has kangaroos. I thought kangaroos were common everywhere;);)

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    On June 12th, 2 laughing kookaburras hatched.

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