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Zoos that are the only one to hold a species.

Discussion in 'General Zoo Discussion' started by Fresco3, 11 Jul 2017.

  1. Alex Bensky

    Alex Bensky Well-Known Member

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    The Detroit Zoo has a king brown snake and says it is the only one in North America. Someone with a desire to remove himself from the gene pool was keeping it as a pet even though at the time there was no antivenin for its bite in the western hemisphere. The authorities found out about it and seized it. The keeper I talked to regarding it said the guy had protested that he was being really careful with it.

    We have a large amphibian exhibit and I'd guess we must have a couple of species not on exhibit anywhere else, but I don't know for sure.
     
  2. Batto

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    No, that's rather the intention of many drivers of black Audis / BMWs.

    ...which is the case for various venomous species. Nevertheless, they are still kept.
    Nothing wrong with being really careful when keeping venomous snakes. And I know quite of private venomous snake keepers who are doing a great job at that. So unless the husbandry and security conditions were bad, his main fault was unauthorized wildlife trafficking?
     
  3. d1am0ndback

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    I believe Omaha also has a king brown snake in the Australian area of the desert dome, according to people who have recently been there.

    Also, having visited the amphibian house myself, there is no animal that stood out to me to being only found in the Detroit zoo. Even though it was a very large and impressive collection, none of the animals in it were "super rare" besides the dwarf siren, and maybe Wyoming toads.
     
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  4. Fishapod

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    Speaking about snakes, the Moscow Zoo seems to be the only one in Europe that keep Indian gamma snake (Boiga trigonata, one female in Moscow Zoo Breeding nursery center), Red-headed krait (Bungarus flaviceps) and Ikaheka snake (Micropechis ikaheka).
     
  5. Arizona Docent

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    According to a post on their Facebook page, Big Bear Alpine Zoo (California) claims to have the only Humboldt's flying squirrels on exhibit.
     
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  6. Luke da Zoo nerd

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    Okay, this is kinda random but are Indochinese tigers in any more AZA accredited zoos in the U.S.? They seem to be phased out a little bit in zoos.
     
  7. birdsandbats

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    There are no Indochinese Tigers in the US. The claimed "Indochinese" Tigers are actually Malayan.
     
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  8. Luke da Zoo nerd

    Luke da Zoo nerd Well-Known Member

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    Inteteresting. Here's a question. In the past, the omaha zoo claimed to have indochinese tigers in the cat complex. Now I am guessing that those were Malayan as well, but were they actually true "Indochinese subspecies" of the tiger?
     
  9. Yoshistar888

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    Melbourne zoo has the only Baw Baw frogs in captivity in the world.