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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 46

Propagation For Zoo Exhibits

John Arnott

pp: 85-88

A zoo presenting a paper to a plant propagation forum reflects the changes that have occurred in zoos over recent years. The functions of today's zoo exhibit differ markedly from those of the 19th century menagerie. Naturalistic exhibits have become the standard. Whilst propagation techniques used for plant production in zoo exhibits are for the main part standard, the applications can often be unique. Botanically zoological horticulture is vast with some 1000 species of plants introduced to the Melbourne Zoo collection since the master plan was implemented in 1989. Some 60% of this material has been propagated on site. This paper will provide a background to zoological horticulture and discuss the implications and the associated plant production/propagation challenges and opportunities presented.

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