Talk:Exotic wildlife

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Merge?[edit]

What does "exotic" mean? The lede says "Some famous and popular animal species can only be seen or interacted with in a few places" but that doesn't really entail "exotic". From a naturalist's perspective, "exotic" refers to any wild animal that is well outside its native habitat, as an invasive or introduced species (e.g. ring-necked parakeets in London - interesting, perhaps, but certainly out of scope for this article). From my European perspective, common animals that are found in the average North American residential neighbourhood like raccoons or chipmunks certainly seem exotic, but again wouldn't qualify for this article. And don't forget that this is a world where the most unlikely of "exotic"-seeming animals live in densely populated cities, and so are part of everyday life for millions of people (e.g. penguins in Cape Town, monitor lizards in Jakarta, coyotes and whales in New York City).

So the focus of this article is unclear and subjective, and its content could easily fit into any of our existing wildlife / zoo articles. I propose that we do exactly that, and redirect this to Animals. —The preceding comment was added by ThunderingTyphoons! (talkcontribs)

Support ARR8 (talk | contribs) 19:56, 27 January 2019 (UTC)
I think we first have to specify *which* article(s) the content should be moved to. Which do you propose? Ar2332 (talk) 06:25, 28 January 2019 (UTC)
The general text should probably be merged into Animals, while the species should be handled in the Wildlife article of the area where they are endemic. There is no Wildlife in the Oceans (for the manatees, sea turtles, sharks and whales) or Wildlife of the Southern Ocean (for penguins), but those could probably be created. --LPfi (talk) 08:58, 28 January 2019 (UTC)
I probably should have mentioned that Animals is a disambiguation page, not an article. The idea is as LPfi states, merging the species info into the individual "Wildlife in (region)" articles that we have, and creating new ones where necessary. I don't think the rest of the article's content, such as it is, is worth merging anywhere.--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 10:11, 28 January 2019 (UTC)