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Expanding the palm collection at the Chaffee Zoo

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Josue Diaz

I recently met with the head of operations at the Chaffee Zoo in Fresno about expanding the palm collection at the zoo. The zoo itself, and Roeding Park where it is located, have a very nice collection of palms already, but they are very open to allowing me to help plan new exhibits and incorporate palms.

 

I'll be meeting with them again soon to hash out more details, but needless to say, i'm beyond thrilled. Their rainforest exhibit has such a favorable microclimate that they have fruiting bananas that are untouched by cold or wind.  The director said that they help regulate temperatures in there to protect the birds from cold - with heat lamps in winter and constant misting in summer. This would be perfect place to plant marginal species that prefer some humidity. 

This is a list of palms I'll be donating and helping to site and plant.

 

 

Dypsis leptocheilos x2

Hyphanae coriacae
 
Parajubaea cocoides - donated by Darold of San Francisco 
 
Beccariophoenix alfredii - donated by Jeff in Modesto 
 
Livistona speciosa 
 
Jubaea Chilensis - Donated by Xiong in Fresno
 
Syagrus coronata 
 
Phoenix rupicola - donated by Darold in San Francisco 
 
Caryota urena 

Some of these have been donated by IPS members on this forum. If anyone has plants they'd like to donate send me a PM and we could figure out a way to get them to Fresno. 

 

i'm the meantime, here are a few pictures I took during a walking tour. I'll hope to take more and post them soon. 

 

The entrance has a large clump Strelitzia. It's one of the most used plants throughout their landscaping. 

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Roeding park has some very, very old washingtonia and phoenix. There are several brahea (edulis and armata), sabal and butia here also but I didn't get pictures of them. These trees are all over 100 years old.

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Inside the zoo, you're greeted by a row of majestic Phoenix canariensis. This lawn area beneath the phoenix will be home to a new palm garden. 

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This other area is under construction and will hopefully also includes more palms. 

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This phoenix and brahea are inside one of the exhibits. 

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My personal favorite part was this! One of two Jubaea chilensis in Fresno. There are brahea armata here also on the left, a very, very old sabal palmetto, livistona decora and syagrus romanzoffiana.

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kinzyjr

@Josue Diaz Is there a list of palms that you would like to donate but do not currently have?

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12 hours ago, kinzyjr said:

@Josue Diaz Is there a list of palms that you would like to donate but do not currently have?

That's a great question lol. Anthing that would do well in a dry, zone 9b climate really - I will be trying to source any and all species to curate as full of a collection as I can - Brahea species, Syagrus species, Lytocaryum species, Butia, Archontophoenix, Dypsis (decipiens especially.) I will have access to the greenhouse so I will be able to use it to propagate and grow species to a size before planting out.

Zone 10a palms would do well also, inside some of the protected enclosures (like the rainforest exhibit I mentioned above). I'll be looking for Archonotphoenix, Chamaedorea, Chambeyronia, Dypsis, Arenga... etc. There is a Howea forsteriana inside that exhibit already.  I'll be looking for Bismarkia to add a cluster of them to the African elephant enclosure. 

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After I meet again with them, I'll be creating an inventory of what is there already and then creating a comprehensive list of species that I'd like to add. But in general, any of those listed above I'd be looking for. 

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5150cycad

I have a 15 gallon parajubaea sunka that I would be willing to donate. I dug it up last year and is doing great. Just need a way to get it up to Fresno. Let me know. 

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36 minutes ago, 5150cycad said:

I have a 15 gallon parajubaea sunka that I would be willing to donate. I dug it up last year and is doing great. Just need a way to get it up to Fresno. Let me know. 

Bryan

Dude that's awesome. I'll hit you up once I get all situated and start planning things out. 

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Zeeth

Very cool! I have a few botanical gardens here that I'm donating palms to. You should try some Ceroxylon if you get a chance!

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1 hour ago, Zeeth said:

Very cool! I have a few botanical gardens here that I'm donating palms to. You should try some Ceroxylon if you get a chance!

Ah I wish. Ceroxylon don't like it here. It's far too hot this far inland.

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26 minutes ago, Josue Diaz said:

Ah I wish. Ceroxylon don't like it here. It's far too hot this far inland.

I've heard that C. parvum has a bit more heat tolerance than the rest, but you'd know your climate better. Either way those are some good species that you're donating!

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3 hours ago, Josue Diaz said:

Dude that's awesome. I'll hit you up once I get all situated and start planning things out. 

Sounds good just let me know. 

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DoomsDave

@Josue Diaz there's always a P tor tor, too

Come and git it!

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On 1/22/2019 at 7:37 PM, DoomsDave said:

@Josue Diaz there's always a P tor tor, too

Come and git it!

I will take you up on that Dave! Expect a visit from me in the next few months :P

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