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  1. lintworm

    lintworm Well-Known Member 15+ year member

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    In December 2023 10 Malagasy sacred ibis and 6 Malagasy pond herons arrived. While geographically relatively incorrect, it is safe to assume these will find their way to the Masoala hall.

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    Nice to see some larger birds for Masoala, a good start with news for 2024.

    Are there any plans for new exhibits this year?
     
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    Recently 72 Tomato frogs (Dyscophus antongilii) were released in the Masoala Regenwald, they all hatched in the zoo around half a year ago.

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    Instagram of Zoo Zürich (02/02/2024)
     
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    Sadly earlier this month male Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelii) Djarius was euthanised.

    Earlier this month 3 Northern bald ibises (Geronticus eremita) were send to Spain to be released into the wild.

    They have recently been added to the Masoala hall.

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    Instagram of Zoo Zürich (05/02/2024)
    Instagram of Zoo Zürich (12/02/2024)
    Instagram of Zoo Zürich (22/02/2024)
     
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    Two Sumatran Orangutan brothers, Hadjah and Malou, have departed for Port Lympne Hotel and Reserve in the United Kingdom, per this article and the collection's news thread.

    I would be curious if anyone knows the reason behind this move. Perhaps the zoo plans to gradually downsize their orangutan troop while they remain in the current Ape House, which, given the quality of their current enclosure and considering that their new home in Sumatra Regenwald isn't scheduled to be complete for around a decade now, seems like a sensible move.
     
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    No, they were already separated for quite some time from the rest of the troop, because of some tension in the group, specially with the male Djarius. They were kept in the former chimpanzee exhibit (where lately was kept the orang female Oceh).


    The constrution of the new Pantanal aviary started this week, for this a lot of the species were moved. The Eld's deer went to the elephants, the flamingos to "Selenga".

    Among the new arrivals were no interessting new species, but it's interessting that they recived new red-necked wallabies, that's interessting as they gave up on many species in face of level of the IUCN status, and there would be a lot of better alternatives to red-necks.
     
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    In 2023 Zoo Zurich welcomed 1.260.000 visitors, which is slightly less than in 2022, but still a very high level for the zoo. In total 2.460.000 CHF was donated to in situ conservation projects and for the first time in years the number of vertebrate species kept has grown a little.

    The whole annual report can be found here:
    https://www.zoo.ch/sites/default/files/media/file/ZooZH_Broschuere_JB_2023_WEB_Doppelseiten_0.pdf

    Some interesting recent breeding results include Vicente's poison frog (Oophaga vicentei), Madagascar crested ibis, wattled jacana, 7 Goodman's mouse lemurs and a gelada:

    A new species that arrived in March is the Phelsuma breviceps a vulnerable and rarely kept day gecko from Madagascar.

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    Another good year for Zurich, is there any word on when the next big project is starting? I can't remember if it was the South American one next or another?
     
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    There's currently three major construction projects on the go, with the result that half the zoo is a building site :rolleyes::D of which the South American project is one.
     
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    Work for the Pantanal aviary has started, with an opening foreseen in 4 years time. This year they expect to open a "research station" designed do breed (and display) endangered ectotherms in the Exotarium building. In 2025 the refurbished Asian cat enclosures should be finished, with a new (and potentially very exciting) invertebrate display in the lion house. The zoo mentioned they are now waiting for submissions for the design of the Congo area and they hope to present the final plan this year. Opening of that area is still set for 2029, which sounds optimistic to me, but hopefully for their apes is not.

    Edit: opening of the research station has already been postponed to 2025...
     
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    Not news as such, but does anyone know if Zurich still has Pitta-like Ground Roller. ZTL says they do but I can't find it on their website or anything, and the last place I knew that kept them was WVP Walsrode, but that was over a decade ago. If so then Zurich is the last place to find them outside of Madagascar itself.
     
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    They do, Zootierliste is generally more reliable than a zoo website. If you had clicked on the holding in Zootierliste you would have seen it was still seen in January this year and I know a Zoochatter who still saw it last week.
     
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    Well, it was definitely still alive as of Saturday 11th May ;)
     
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    Awesome thanks. I must book a trip now! Ground Rollers are some of my favourites.
     
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    The monthly mutation list for May lists some interesting births:
    - 3 Nubian ibexes (after the first animal born there last year)
    - 3 yellow cardinals
    - 1 Goodman's mouse lemur
    - 38! bernier's teals (of which 19 probably died)
    - 21 Meller's ducks (of which 8 probably died)

    Hardly any arrivals or departures, though with 3 Baja blue rock lizards leaving, this species could well have left the collection entirely. 28 Madagascar turtle doves died and all but one were used as animal feed throughout the zoo.
     
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    Surprised that made the news really; I've seen similar things happen several times at Taronga.:(
     
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    Maybe Australians know to handle with emus in contrary to the Swiss...:rolleyes::D;)