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Discussion in 'General Zoo Discussion' started by Norwegian moose, 17 Feb 2015.

  1. Norwegian moose

    Norwegian moose Well-Known Member

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    Can anyone come up with some nations of the world, that does not have a single zoo, or make a list of these countries? Does anyone know of any countries with very few zoos, like only 1-3? And can anyone think of any potential cities, towns or other suitable areas in these zoo-free or almost zoo-free countries that need and/or could support a zoo?
     
  2. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    Mongolia does not appear to have any zoos, although I found a reference to a mobile zoo at one point. There are many tiny island nations in the Pacific (for example) which lack zoos of any sort.
     
  3. Hix

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    Niue and Tokelau are self -governing nations (but technically territories of New Zealand) and neither has a zoo. I don't recall Samoa having a zoo either, and I'd be surprised if Nauru had one.

    The Federated States of Micronesia, Palua and Guam didn't have one when I was there, but that was almost 25 years ago and things might have changed.

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    Puerto Rico. San Juan has no zoos, only Save-A-Gato Cat Sanctuary/Shelter. SJ has about 390K people. Mayaguez (88K people) has a small zoo.
     
  5. zooboy28

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    Niue should have elephants soon, but no zoo per se.

    Presumably small island nations will account for the majority of zoo-less countries, although Mongolia is a surprising anomaly. Possibly a few African countries may also lack zoos?
     
  6. PAT

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    Do any of the tiny European countries have zoos? I know Monaco has a small collection but would be surprised if Liechtenstein, San Marino, or the Vatican City had one.
     
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    The Pope used to have an elephant, but that was like 500 years ago.
     
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    Liechtenstein has some kind of small bird park according to Zootierliste. I haven't heard anything about it, though.
     
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    The Vatican does not have a zoo, though the lovely gardens have some koi and swans with a few other waterfowl. After a conference in Rome, an argentine priest who resided at the vatican took some of us latin americans on a inside tour of the grounds and this is how i know about this.
     
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    Though not a country, I believe that the closest thing that Saint Helena has to a zoo is the governor's property, where Jonathan (a very old Seychelles Giant Tortoise) lives.
     
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    Mayaguez Zoo, Puerto Rico.
    So, you can strike that one off this list.
     
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    So it has zoos and isn't a country, what a useful contribution to the thread CL.
     
  13. Batto

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    Does Iceland's petting zoo count as a "real" zoo?

    And doesn't Costa Rica want to close all their zoos in the next future?
     
  14. DDcorvus

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    Iceland has no zoo if I am correct and Malta only has a dolfinarium and an animal collection that is operating without a zoo licence.
     
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    DDCorvus, Iceland does have a small aquarium (with a tame puffin) at the Vestmanneyjar and Reykjavik features a small zoo, mostly petting stuff, but also some fish, seals, polar fox and american mink.

    Several of Malta's collections have been presented recently on zoochat.

    @Batto, the Costa Rica story only involves the 2 state owned zoos, private zoos stay open.
     
  16. DDcorvus

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    Thanks Theo, but should we count a private collection that is open illigal (as it has no zoo licence) as a zoo?
     
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    Equatorial Guinea, Cape Verde and Sao Tome & Principe are others, i believe.
     
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    I think you are right about Costa Rica wanting to close their zoos. They do have a nice sanctuary near San Jose with native wildlife though.
     
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    When visiting the Gambia, I only found one "zoo" at the Abuko nature reserve - some antilopes, lions, hyenas, some birds and althrough I asked several guides and other natives, nobody seemed to know another one.
     
  20. DDcorvus

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    They will only close their public owned zoos. Private zoos will stay open in Costa Rica.