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AZA Zoo for Las Vegas?

Discussion in 'United States' started by Loxodonta Cobra, 9 Mar 2018.

  1. Loxodonta Cobra

    Loxodonta Cobra Well-Known Member

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    This is very early in development, but it's very interesting. A group called the Las Vegas Zoological Society wants to build a new zoo in the city. According to its website the zoo will be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, be 100 acres in size, and have 300 species of animals. This is very early in development, but it's very interesting.

    News article:Nonprofit wants to build new zoo in Las Vegas
    Blooloop:Group plans to bring ‘world class’ zoo to Las Vegas | blooloop
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  2. PossumRoach

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    They seem to intend to have feral horses, which I am unsure about.It can act as a sanctuary for the horses but cover up valuable space. And they seem to wish for pandas a bit too early.
     
  3. Yi Qi

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    The zoo looks decent enough, though I too doubt having pandas so early. Maybe substitute them with sloth or asiatic black bears?

    On the feral mustangs, i'm rather open to them; they're a part of north american (both indigenous and cplonial) heritage and they could provide some education on invasive species and pleistocene horses.

    On a final note, I would rather have the Nevada and American exhibits directly bordering one another and the cats in both the African and Asian exhibits.
     
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  4. TZDugong

    TZDugong Well-Known Member

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    Very ambitious! A bit too ambitious if i say so myself. I mean do they seriously believe they’ll get Giant Pandas?
     
  5. Milwaukee Man

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    The Zoo based on the plans certainly looks ambitious and good. I feel the African, Australian, and American areas will work the best, especially with Vegas' arid, hot climate adding to the experience. My two biggest questions are one: isn't asking for polar bears too much especially in such a hot region? I know that Reid Park had them for a while, but is it worth it now especially with the shortage of bears? Two: isn't Resorts World Las Vegas, the Chinese-themed resort opening in a couple years, already planning to get giant pandas?
     
  6. snowleopard

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    Giant pandas, polar bears, sea otters, gorillas, wombats, etc. Where are the narwhals, unicorns and griffons? :p All the best to those individuals attempting to obtain funding for a Las Vegas facility, but their ambitions seem a tad lofty! It seems as if every few years someone else comes along wanting to build a world-class zoo in 'Sin City' but it never happens...
     
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  7. pachyderm pro

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    Saying this is overly ambitious would be an understatement. They have to be kidding themselves if they seriously think they can get elephants, pandas, wombats and some others as soon as they intend. If it ever comes to fruition, then great. However, unless the plans are severally dumbed down I can't see this happening any time soon. Also polar bears, in a Nevada zoo, need I say more?
     
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  8. protege

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    Actually, i heard that the opening was pushed back to 2020, to redesign the hotel for younger chinese gamblers. I haven’t heard if they’re still going to have the panda exhibit, or the forbidden city for that matter.(hope so!)
     
  9. Shellheart

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    This comes at an interesting time, I think. I'd heard Las Vegas as a whole may be on the decline, with its "first annual decline since 2013 and first large-scale drop since 2009". I'd probably be rather surprised if this project came to fruition whatsoever.