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December 19, 2011


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Sarah Jane

Thanks for telling us all about this very cool zoo! The next time I am in that area I will have to check it out!

Deb Robson

Plan to spend a bunch of time, Sarah Jane, possibly in several passes. Theres a whole lot to see. If theres a way to get a behind-the-scenes tour (I have no idea whether thats an option if you contact them in advance), thats so cool. But not essential to a fine experience.


Thank you, Deb - that reminds me of times when I've seen otters and mink in the wild. I think I'm due for some long walks soon.

Deb Robson

Youre welcome, Lynn, and Im glad you enjoyed this! Ive never seen a mink in the wild, but I have seen an ermine, when I was hiking near the Tarryall River in Park County, Colorado, and I get a huge kick out of sea otters (Alaska). We have muskrats here, although I havent seen one in a while.


What a fabulous zoo, with such apparently respect and care for its inhabitants. Thank you for this thoughtful and sobering post.

Deb Robson

Freyalyn, there are other good zoos and zoo-like facilities. Another one I loved was the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson. I didnt get the behind-the-scenes view there, but I *did* visit several times during my time in the area, twice when it was raining and thus quiet. Im not very much into just seeing the animals; Im interested in understanding the ways in which this is their home, and a community formed by several species (including humans) cohabiting and interacting. The animals real home is, of course, in the wild, although humans have compromised their natural situations in so many ways. In a way, I see the zoo residents as ambassadors to our kind.

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