Everything I read says not to do that, but at the Shedd Aquarium they were mixing different types. Do they not know what they are doing is there a reason why it's ok for them to do it but not hobbyists?
An anecdote: I used to know a zookeeper. Well, he was a friend of a friend, and he gave both of us a private behind the scenes tour of the zoo he worked at at the time. Neat tour. He took us to a place behind and above one of the big outdoor habitats where you could spy on the animals (and guests) without being seen, and showed us a big aquarium build that was still under wraps, and we went above one of the big aquatic display and fed lettuce to the sea turtle -- stuff like that.a larger budget than any private hobbiest
@Clintonsparsons89 an institution like that has a different mandate as others have pointed out already:
- An institution presumably has multiple full-time staff and veterinary care available for livestock in a given exhibit. Your typical hobbyist is one person with a job and/or family, school, social life etc.
- An institution has the collective experience in its staff to make observations a hobbyist may overlook due to insufficient experience.
- An institution may accept the loss of the odd frog in service to raising public awareness etc.
- An institution most likely has far superior bio-security protocols.
- An institution won't knowingly or unknowingly allow hybrids and then send them out to market.
Yup. The zoo thing is brought up regularly in these discussions, and it's very frustrating, because a home vs. an institutional setting isn't remotely comparable and you'd think that's obvious.It's totally possible to mix species, just not recommended for the average hobbyist.