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ZooChat Cup Match #17: Berlin Zoo (2) vs Stuttgart

Discussion in 'ZooChat Cup' started by CGSwans, 17 Mar 2018.

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Ectotherms: Berlin Zoo or Wilhelma?

Poll closed 21 Mar 2018.
  1. Berlin Zoo

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  2. Stuttgart

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  1. CGSwans

    CGSwans Well-Known Member

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    The second half of the draw starts off with a clash between two German heavyweights, and with an intriguing subject: reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates. This might be the most challenging opponent a seed has faced.

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  2. PaleoMatt

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    I'm guessing the aquarium has to be included for Berlin?
     
  3. PaleoMatt

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    Also the poll title says Wilhelma.
     
  4. lintworm

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  5. CGSwans

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    Yes, the Aquarium falls within the scope of Berlin Zoo.
     
  6. sooty mangabey

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    This is almost certainly Wilhelma’s strongest area; it’s just a pity that they’re up against possibly the best zoo in Europe for cold-blooded beasts.

    It’s a bit like Liverpool and Manchester City being drawn against each other in the Champions’ League - except that I love Berlin Zoo, and quite like Wilhelma, whilst wishing nothing but ill fortune to both Liverpool and City....
     
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  7. CGSwans

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    What *is* your team?

    Edit: looked at your profile. Portsmouth, eh. Pleased it's not one of those teams that buy success with Russian mafia cash or Gulf petrodollars.
     
  8. CGSwans

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    Bump. Remember there's only three days left to vote.
     
  9. sooty mangabey

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    Portsmouth are a team who have managed to achieve penury and near extinction through a Russian arms dealer’s ownership, as well as that of a “petrodollar” tycoon who has since been imprisoned for stealing from his wife. I’m not sure what we would be if we were a zoo - but it wouldn’t be a very good one, alas (even if it would be a very lovely one).
     
  10. CGSwans

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    Hmm. Well, strictly speaking it remains true, nonetheless, that you have not bought success with Russian mafia money or Gulf petrodollars. But is this one of those times when it's the thought that counts?
     
  11. antonmuster

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    Finally two zoos i have visited both. Unfortunately I had missed the aquarium and insectarium at Wilhelma as the buildings were already closed. I rather liked the discreetly integrated vivaria in the amazon house though. The Berlin aquarium/vivarium is excellent and imo the strongest part of the zoo - though I do feel parts of it could be improved considerably (e.g. by avoiding tacky photo-tapestry backgrounds). I'm guessing the clear verdict in votes does not appropriately reflect, how close this match-up actually is. Then again, the Berlin aquarium is wonderfully unique.

    Btw: does Wilhelma have free-ranging butterflies in its greenhouses?

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    Berlin
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    Berlin definitely has a stellar collection of ectothermic species, so it gets my vote.
     
  14. lintworm

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    In terms of collection, Stuttgart is certainly not worse than Berlin and for reptiles and possibly fish even better. The problem is that Stuttgart's Aquarium + Terrarium building lacks all the charm Berlin has and on average the tanks are a bit smaller....