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Australian' Doctor's Tour.
Interesting comparisons' of the' zoolo gical' gardens ..of Europe were offered by Dr. Paul Dane, a recognised authority upon zoology in the Eastern ;States.vwho
is returning wuh lusiwjfe .to Melbourne by ,the (jnaiL. boat. Mopltap^ .whiclivarfiYeil ?atvFremantle yesterday; .Considerate' Im provements- had been made to the Lon don ? : zoo: since Vthe doctor's -previous visit, several, years ago. ?' The most re markable ' display at the (London zoo, he said, was xthat of thousands of in sects which 'Were living under their natu ral, conditions; * Scorpions, bees,' ants, wasps, and hundreds, of all species were in:; captivity. ', In-, ia 'jiew snake 'house the tebtUes.-basked in- artificial sunlight. Dr. -Dane iaid that. the London, zoo could not- compare with Hageribeck's zoo in Hamburg^ f which covered an enormous area; and where ? there were' continuous performances of' trained animals. Every, animal in the zoo wasVtrained, with -the exception of the Wack: leopard, -which could toot be -tamed. A' /visitor could spend a week in a thorough -.tour of the zool ? The aquarium at Monte. 'Carlo was a wonderful museum from the'marine life point of view, and, among the. hundreds of different species of fish, huge octopi were living .under natural.. conditions.' Paris had a very poor zoo, but'~the gar dens at Copenhagen,' though small, con tained an excellent collection of animals,* including various species from: the Arctic regions. He also visited the Dublin zoo, which was famous for its breeding of lions, the cubs being brought up in cages with dogs. . All the zoos of Europe* the doctor said, wero deficient in Australian iauna, .which anade it 'all the more -.itecessary for the ? Australian zoological .authorities to ob ?itain. .; more' comple'le^collec'tions of native animals. The'.only specimens of Austral ian fauna which. Ji&'vsiw , 'in. the London zoo were*a c6riple.;'of kangaroos and a 'Tasinanian devil;'- 'X.. .