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Ash
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For the nectar-drinking bats I'm sure the lorikeet diet would probably work very well. You'd just want to double-check nutritional content, of course.

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Posted : November 17, 2016 8:42 am
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Oh I also know someone with African Civets. I had to double check they are in USA before commenting. So there are still some here. Would be cool to see people start breeding them.

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Posted : November 19, 2016 7:01 pm
Ash
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Oh I also know someone with African Civets. I had to double check they are in USA before commenting. So there are still some here. Would be cool to see people start breeding them.

No way? Is this person USDA-licensed? They are beautiful animals. That would be wonderful if they bred theirs.

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Posted : November 19, 2016 7:08 pm
TamanduaGirl
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Yes. You can find them by their public name of Zooville USA.

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Posted : November 19, 2016 7:14 pm
Nìmwey
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My number one would be Jaguars. Such a shame they aren't around.

African wild dogs/painted wolves. We've heard of someone with a breeding pair in the UK, but they don't really exist in the pet trade.

Love those African civets - I saw one at Tbilisi Zoo this year. Like you crossed a cat, a hyena, a raccoon and I dunno what.

And I dunno, elephants? An Asian elephant or two would be my dream animal. But good luck getting one even where they're legal.


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Posted : November 26, 2016 7:32 am
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I personally wouldn't give up on the jaguars and the painted dogs. The latter is actually doing well in captivity, so it's possible a pair could pop up in the UK which with proper CITES/ESA permits get imported. I mean, they're NOT in the trade, but I think it's a stretch, but not an impossible stretch. Jaguars are in captive hands, they are just incredibly rare and hard to acquire. There are few, but if you were able to "climb" higher in the exotic animal community, you'd probably be able to find someone that had them to give. But yeah, a shame they're not "common" in the trade. :/

I didn't realize asian elephants were so rare. What about all the circus elephants? I know many are african, but I thought there were some asian elephants. Still, a hard animal to get. African elephants are hard too, but obtainable.

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Posted : November 26, 2016 2:22 pm
TamanduaGirl
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I'm sure you could get a jaguar or an elephant with enough money and the right connections but definitely not easy to get. Yeah all the performing elephants are Asians as their temperaments are much better.

I did check the sale site and saw cloud rats have been listed in recent year so are kind of out there but they may be imports though one was captive born. Wonder if they are hard to breed or just not that popular? Seems like giant friendly rats that live a long time would be popular if someone was bottle raising them so I'm guessing difficult but would love to see them become less than their current super rare.

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Posted : November 26, 2016 4:45 pm
Nìmwey
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I am reviving this thread, because why not.

While the aforementioned ^ elephant, jaguar and African painted dogs would be among my extreme dream pets if I were a millionaire, in reality I will have to restrict my exotics to birds and reptiles. But, for interest's sake, it would be nice to see wolverines and the tayra in the pet trade.

Wolverines I hear are very hard to breed, so that's probably the main reason.

The tayra (Eira barbara) looks a bit like a tropical wolverine, or rather a large marten, and I know nothing about them - perhaps they are hard to breed as well, or they're just too obscure to have caught people's interest.

I've also heard cheetahs are notoriously difficult to breed, which is why they're not found in the pet trade anymore, but I did actually find a breeder of tame (pet?) cheetahs in Spain. http://www.cheetahs-rock.de/

Also the one animal I wanted before but would never be able to have, not because of how huge or dangerous or expensive it is, but because it does not exist in the pet trade, are tapirs. The only pet tapirs I've seen have been in their countries of origin.

If I really go out there... seals? They don't seem to be nearly as difficult to keep or need as much swimming area as cetaceans, so smaller sea lions or harbour seals would be so much fun, seeing as how friendly and trainable they are.

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