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Discussion in 'Challenges, Quizzes, Competitions & Games' started by ShonenJake13, 31 Dec 2019.

  1. ShonenJake13

    ShonenJake13 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks!
     
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  2. HOMIN96

    HOMIN96 Well-Known Member

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    Tiergarten Schönbrunn 16/01/2020

    27. Egyptian hedgehog (Hemiechinus auritus aegypticus)
    28. Naked mole-rat (Heterocephalus glaber)
    29. Short-eared elephant shrew (Macroscelides proboscideus)
    30. Queensland koala (Phascolarctos cinereus cinereus)
    31. Gambian Giant pouched rat (Cricetomys gambianus)
    32. Pallas' long-tongued bat (Glossophaga soricina)
    33. African pygmy mouse (Mus minutoides)
    34. Seba's short-tailed bat (Carollia perspicillata)
    35. Large flying fox (Pteropus vampyrus)
    36. Indian flying fox (Pteropus giganteus)
    37. Northern treeshrew (Tupaia belangeri)
    38. Red-necked wallaby (Notamacropus rufogriseus)
     
  3. HOMIN96

    HOMIN96 Well-Known Member

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    Prague Zoo 17/01/2020

    39. Short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus)
    40. Egyptian fruit bat (Rousettus aegyptiacus)
    41. Philippine porcupine (Hystrix pumila)
    42. Cape porcupine (Hystrix africaeaustralis)
    43. Cape ground squirrel (Xerus inauris)
    44. Golden spiny mouse (Acomys russatus)
    45. South African spiny mouse (Acomys spinosissimus)
    46. Smith's bush squirrel (Paraxerus cepapi)
    47. Mechow's mole-rat (Fukomys mechowii)
    48. Springhare (Pedetes capensis)
    49. Etruscan shrew (Suncus etruscus)
    50. Four-striped grass rat (Rhabdomys pumilio)
    51. Turkish spiny mouse (Acomys cilicicus)
    52. Neumann's grass rat (Arvicanthis neumanni)
    53. Bushy-tailed jird (Sekeetamys calurus)
    54. Yellow-spotted bush hyrax (Heterohyrax brucei)
    55. Desmarest's hutia (Capromys pilorides)
    56. Swamp wallaby (Wallabia bicolor)
    57. Eastern wallaroo (Macropus robustus)
    58. Black-tailed praire dog (Cynomys ludovicianus)

    P. S.: @ShonenJake13 do I get bonus points for observing baby ground cuscus on one of its first strolls out of the pouch? :D
     
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  4. ShonenJake13

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    You don’t I’m afraid :p but you do get a bonus pointer - the springhare at Prague and Plzen are P.surdaster :D not capensis
     
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  5. HOMIN96

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    And that is why you should always double check everything kids! :rolleyes::D
     
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  6. pipaluk

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    Hamerton 18/1/20

    14 Brush-tailed possum - Trichosurus vulpecula
    15 Common Wombat - Vombatus ursinus
    16 Long-nosed potoroo - Potorus tridactylus
    17 Tiger Quoll - Dasyurus maculatus
    18 Swamp Wallaby - Wallabia bicolor
    19 Eastern Chipmunk - Tamias striatus
    20 Prevost's Squirrel - Callosciurus prevostii
    21 Spinifex Hopping Mouse - Notomys alexis
    22 Yellow spotted Hyrax - Hetohyrax brucei
    23 Squirrel Glider - Petaurus norfolcensis
     
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  7. Mr. Zootycoon

    Mr. Zootycoon Well-Known Member

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    Finally I managed a zoo visit this year. Zie-ZOO is not bad for large rodents appearently, so the year starts of with a rodent filled list with a smattering of other bits and pieces.

    Dierenpark Zie-ZOO

    1. Short-Eared Elephant Shrew, Macroscelides proboscideus
    2. Domestic Guinea Pig, Cavia porcellus
    3. Coypu, Myocastor coypus
    4. Domestic Rabbit, Oryctolagus cunniculus
    5. Yellow-Spotted Rock Hyrax, Heterohyrax brucei
    6. Eastern Grey Kangaroo, Macropus giganteus
    7. Parma Wallaby, Macropus parma
    8. Capibara, Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris
    9. Patagonium Mara, Dolichotis patagonum
    10. Azara's Agouti, Dasyprocta azarae
    11. Giant Anteater, Myrmecophaga tridactyla
    12. Rock Cavy, Kerodon rupestris
    13. Dusky Pademelon, Thylogale brunii
    14. Black-Tailed Prarie Dog, Cynomys ludovicianus
    15. American Red Squirrel, Sciurus hudsonicus
    16. Indian Crested Porcupine, Hystrix indicus

    There were a few major no-shows, but I think it is a nice start of the list.
     
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  8. Ursus

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    Hoping this is fine to add, but during work I managed to get 2 species to tick for this challenge. All seen btw during regular visitor hours and the like. I'm not a zookeeper so none of those privileges or the like.

    Burgers' Zoo
    1. Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris)
    2. Rodriguez flying fox (Pteropus rodricensis)

     
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  9. ShonenJake13

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    Not an issue, as the rules state - as long as you see the animals during regular visitor hours and as Joe Public would, you're all set!
     
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  10. Marhi

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    1. Zoo Praha (Prague, Czech republic) - January 1, 2020

    1) Sugar Glider (Petaurus breviceps) - vakoveverka létavá
    2) Brush-tailed Bettong (Bettongia penicillata) - klokánek králíkovitý
    3) Ground Cuscus (Strigocuscus gymnotis) - kuskus zemní
    4) Northern Luzon Giant Cloud Rat (Phloemys pallidus) - krysa obláčková
    5) Egyptian Fruit Bat (Rousettus aegyptiacus) - kaloň egyptský
    6) Northern Tree Shrew (Tupaia belangeri) - tana severní
    7) Philippine Porcupine (Hystrix pumila) - dikobraz filipínský
    8) Small-toothed Rock Hyrax (Heterohyrax brucei) - daman stepní
    9) Atlas Gundi (Ctenodactylus gundi) - gundi saharský
    10) Neumann's Grass Rat (Arvicanthis neumanni) - myš východoafrická
    11) Asia Minor Spiny Mouse (Acomys cilicicus) - myš kilikijská
    12) Four-striped Grass Mouse (Rhabdomys pumilio) - myš čtyřpruhá
    13) White-toothed Pygmy Shrew (Suncus etruscus) - bělozubka nejmenší
    14) Smith's Bush Squirrel (Paraxerus cepapi) - veverka bušová
    15) Mechow's Mole Rat (Fukomys mechowi) - rypoš obří
    16) African Pygmy Mouse (Mus minutoides) - myška africká
    17) Southern African Spiny Mouse (Acomys spinosissimus) - bodlinatka jihoafrická
    18) Bushy-taily Jird (Sekeetamys calurus) - pískomil veverkoocasý
    19) Golden Spiny Mouse (Acomys russatus) - myš rezavá
     
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  11. pangolin12

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    Twycross zoo 25-1-20
    21. Gundi
    22. Western grey kangaroo
     
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  12. iamiq

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    A first-time participant so a quick question - my work involves being a zookeeper, during normal public opening hours, so can we be a tad lenient with #3?
     
  13. ShonenJake13

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    First off, welcome to the challenge! :D

    If you work as a zookeeper, it's not strictly an issue. The animals just have to be seen during normal opening hours (so in London Zoo's case any time from 10am until closing), as a member of the public would see them (from an area where a member of the public could also see them). If you're standing in a staff only area and see the animal in a private part of the enclosure, or in a way that the public wouldn't be able to do, then it won't count. For example, seeing the animal in an offshow den that isn't visible from a public area wouldn't count, and neither would being able to go and look into an animal's nestbox as the public aren't able to do that either. The third rule is to prevent unfair advantages essentially: using this year's topic as an example, a quick offshow at Plzen would get someone easily around 30 odd species for this challenge at least, which can quickly propel someone into a lead. Not everyone has the connections to do this.

    To sum up, as I said to @Ursus earlier in the thread, if you're at work when you're in the zoo then it's not a problem! You just need to have seen the animals in a way that anyone could, when the zoo is actually open to the public :) I look forward to your participation!
     
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  14. Mr. Zootycoon

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    Aeres Barneveld*
    17. Common Degu, Octodon degus
    18. Barbary Striped Grass Mouse, Lemniscomys barbarus
    19. Eurasian Harvest Mouse, Micromys minutus
    20. Woodland Dormouse, Graphiurus murinus
    21. Syrian Hamster, Mesocricetus auratus
    22. Steppe Lemming, Lagurus lagurus
    23. Eastern Spiny Mouse, Acomys dimidiatus
    24. Four-Toed Hedgehog, Atelerix albiventris

    * only animals in public parts of the building counted.
     
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  15. Vision

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    Antwerp Zoo, 29/01/2020:
    7) Eastern grey kangaroo, Macropus giganteus
    8) Parma wallaby, Macropus parma
     
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  16. KevinVar

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    Time to start off with some bits from here and there.

    Artis, 01/01/2020
    1. Rodriguez flying fox (Pteropus rodricensis)
    2. Northern treeshrew (Tupaia belangeri)
    3. Linnaeus' two-toed sloth (Choloepus didactylus)
    4. Southern three-banded armadillo (Tolypeutes matacus)
    5. Cape porcupine (Hystrix africaeaustralis)
    6. Prevost's squirrel (Callosciurus prevostii)
    7. Coypu (Myocastor coypus)
    8. Gundi (Ctenodactylus gundi)
    9. Alpine marmot (Marmota marmota)
    10. Patagonian mara (Dolichotis patagonum)
    11. Red-necked wallaby (Notamacropus rufogriseus)

    Burgers' Zoo, 09/01/2020
    12. Aardvark (Orycteropus afer)
    13. Hispid cotton rat (Sigmodon hispidus)

    Antwerp Zoo, 17/01/2020
    14. Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus)
    15. Goodfellow's tree-kangaroo (Dendrolagus goodfellowi)
    16. Eastern grey kangaroo (Macropus giganteus)
    17. Parma wallaby (Notamacropus parma)
    18. Barbary striped grass mouse (Lemniscomys barbarus)
    19. North American porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum)
    20. Black-and-rufous elephant shrew (Rhynchocyon petersi)
     
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  17. ShonenJake13

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    One month in, people are already racking up a fair bit of a leaderboard. Here is the leaderboard so far!

    HOMIN96 – 58
    ThomasNotTom – 29
    pipaluk – 23
    pangolin12 – 22
    KevinVar – 20
    Marhi – 19
    MagpieGoose – 17
    Mr. Zootycoon – 16*
    Najade – 13
    Lemur02 – 13
    Vision – 8
    lintworm – 7
    migdog – 7
    Ursus – 2

    *following a PM discussion, we have decided that Barneveld doesn't count as a collection purely because one wouldn't have any reason to visit the school if one wasn't invited, hence Mr. Zootycoon's tally is at 16, not 24 :) keep it up folks, some strong entries already!
     
  18. ThomasNotTom

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    I'll be bumping up my score even further with a visit to Exmoor at the end of next month with the one and only @Brum ! I'm happy, and a little surprised to be in the top 5... loving the challenge so far :)
     
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  19. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    How did @Brum go from being the one everyone snubs to the one with whom everyone goes on zoo trips? Have I accidentally fallen into an alternative universe?
     
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  20. ShonenJake13

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    Entries from my first couple of zoo visits this year. Doubt my list will be too big this year, don't have many zoo visits confirmed as yet...

    Twycross Zoo

    1. Patagonian mara
    2. Western grey kangaroo
    3. Red-necked wallaby
    4. Domestic guinea pig
    5. Domestic rabbit
    6. Gundi

    London Zoo

    7. Malagasy jumping rat
    8. Linnaeus' two-toed sloth
    9. Rodrigues flying fox
    10. Southern tamandua
    11. Australian water rat
    12. Seba's short-tailed bat
    13. Cape porcupine
    14. Lesser hedgehog tenrec