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This review written by Spartaco Gippoliti and reprinted by Kind Permission of International Zoo News
Just in front of the gate of Città della Domenica (`Sunday City'), an important recreational park in Perugia (Umbria), in a building originally containing a waxwork museum, is presently housed one of the largest reptile collections in Italy. During my visit, 24 reptile species were on exhibit, and many more are kept off-exhibit. Notable animals on view include a group of seven American alligators, several albino Indian pythons, a Madagascar boa (possibly Acrantophis dumerili), two boa constrictors of an unspecified insular form, a group of captive-bred inland bearded dragons (Amphibolurus vitticeps), a fine specimen of crocodile monitor (Varanus salvadorii), and a nice group of eight rhinoceros iguanas bred here in 1997 (the parents are present too). There are several poisonous snakes difficult to see elsewhere in Italy, including a green mamba, a Cape cobra, two albino monocled cobras, a cascabel (Crotalus durissus) and four timber rattlesnakes.
Although the building was not originally designed to maintain live animals, the enclosures seem to be of appropriate size and aesthetically pleasant. Also on show are some mounted skeletons of snakes and several educational graphics.
At least three species of European turtles can be seen in an outdoor enclosure. Several species of mammals and birds are scattered around the recreational park. Most of these are very familiar species such as lion, common zebra, camel, American bison, ostrich, rhea etc., but I noted a nice group of six lesser flamingos, three vulturine guineafowl and two violet turacos (Musophaga violacea). There are also some very interesting Italian domestic breeds, such as Sardinian and Martinafranca donkeys and Madonie pigs. Both the park and the reptilarium have great potential, but only the latter is actually managed to professional zoological standards at present.
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