Dear reader(s), let's start with a general observation of mine: Over the years, I've observed a certain kind of topic recurring at ZC in an seemingly endless repetition. Usually, it goes somehow like this: A new member, usually with a nickname combining a popular animal species with a code or a self-proclaimed title of expertise, enters the stage. He (as the vast majority of the persons in question are young males) is overexcited and overjoyed. Finally he's found an fellow enthusiastic audience! Unlike his family and friends, whose ears he's already talked off to no avail. (Been there, done that, haven't we all?) After stating his personal zoo enthusiasm (usually somehow connected to his local zoo), he starts to unveil his single calling in life: to found a zoo. Because playing Zoo Tycoon doesn't cut it anymore. This manifesto is usually followed by an extensive list of exotic and elusive animal species he plans to have in the zoo once he's out of grammar / high school (once again: we're generally talking about young lads here; no problem with that, though - gotta start 'em young) as well as general questions regarding career paths leading him to be the next John Aspinall, William G. Conway, Gerald Durrell, Bernhard Grzimek or Ed Maruska. [Note: if you do not know who any of these fine gents are, you have some serious book reading ahead of you] After this, more or less seasoned ZC members will welcome him, congratulate him on his fine choice and either join him building castles in the air or try to bring him back to earth. This whole thing then repeats itself with the next new aspiring zoo founder... So why am I stating this rather obvious observation (no ill will intended)? Well, if anything goes according to plan, I'm doing what the protagonists mentioned above long for: I'm going to open my very own little (specialized) zoo to the public this July. No kiddin'. No adolescent never-never land fantasy. No flimflam. ... So if you're interested, let me lead you further down the snake eh rabbit hole. If not, so be it; might see you at the zoo then!