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ZooChat Cup Match #22: Dublin vs Wuppertal

Discussion in 'ZooChat Cup' started by CGSwans, 22 Mar 2018.

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Ectotherms: Dublin or Wuppertal?

Poll closed 26 Mar 2018.
  1. Dublin

    4.5%
  2. Wuppertal

    95.5%
  1. CGSwans

    CGSwans Well-Known Member

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    And the category is... reptiles, fish, amphibians and invertebrates. Bad news for Dublin, one suspects.

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    Tomorrow: Beauval vs Lisbon.
     
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  2. lintworm

    lintworm Well-Known Member

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    This is also not exactly Wuppertal's strength, though they have a relatively small but fine aquarium + terrarium building. But as Dublin only has a few reptiles, it is an easy choice. Dublin could have been a nice outsider when it would be about primates or large carnivores only, but the collection is just too unbalanced.....
     
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  3. CGSwans

    CGSwans Well-Known Member

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    It's the risk the ABC zoos take.
     
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  4. FunkyGibbon

    FunkyGibbon Well-Known Member

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    Wuppertal's Aquarium is also quite nice, and quite hot. A presumptive deserved victory.
     
  5. dublinlion

    dublinlion Well-Known Member

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    As I know little about wuppertal, it's Dublin for me. But I would have to agree that Dublin's collection is small, almost entirely abc, and they would struggle in any categorie against decent opposition. ( in this competition). The revamped reptile house is almost antiseptic clean and roomy.
     
  6. Mehdi

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    Well, one of the goals of this challenge is to learn about the zoos in question and not knowing about one of them seems like a poor excuse in my opinion. Maybe a quick look at the gallery or at zootierliste (or even asking a member who has visited, there seem to be quite some of them just above) could change your mind, who knows!

    Now I'm not saying voting for your home zoo if you like what they are doing with ectotherms or because that's what your familiar with is necessarily bad but with a little research, I'm sure you can at least think about it in a different way. ;)
     
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  7. Vision

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    Dublin does have some nice oddities like the desert crocodiles and forest dragons, so should definitely not be discounted.

    However, Wuppertal has more reptiles, AND they also have amphibians, fish and invertebrates, including some nice species, so they win easily for me.
     
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  8. dublinlion

    dublinlion Well-Known Member

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    @Zoo tycoon. Point taken. I should have stressed the fact that I have been to wuppertal (and liked it) and checked utube videos, but compared to a lifetime of dublin zoo, it's fair to say that my knowledge and memories of wuppertal is relatively weak. So I'm still supporting Dublin rather than disregarding other decent zoos, although my vote is hardly going to sway the result.
     
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  9. SabineB

    SabineB Well-Known Member

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    This is a hard choice for me.....

    I have been looking hard for a reason to vote against Wuppertal :rolleyes: but all the back and forth did not really cut it. So I will give my vote to Wuppertal, a zoo that has become so underwhelming in a matter of 10 years, that it is breathtaking! :mad: