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Discussion in 'United States' started by Milwaukee Man, 8 Jul 2015.

  1. Milwaukee Man

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    Of course I've visited this zoo and here is an excerpt from my 2014 Road Trip thread:

    Irvine Park & Zoo – This is a non-AZA-accredited facility located in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, and it opened in 1906 amidst the 318 acres of Irvine Park. It all began with a deer exhibit and a bear den and over the years the zoo grew into a minor community treasure that sadly began to decline due to lack of new infrastructure. In 2002 the Park Board gave an ultimatum to build 3 new exhibits or close the entire zoo down and fundraising managed to meet its goal of raising $1.2 million to keep the zoo. A 5,000 sq. ft. American Black Bear exhibit was the first to be finished and by 2010 Bengal Tiger and Cougar enclosures completed the trio. Now the Cougar is gone, having been replaced by a Spotted Hyena.

    An enormous American Bison paddock is down the road from the Carnivore Complex, and amongst a few empty fields (for example 40 White-Tailed Deer were removed from the zoo a few years ago) there are large grassy meadows for Ankole Cattle, Rhea, Grant’s Zebra and Rocky Mountain Elk. All can be seen from a car as there are no proper walking trails to the exhibits and I did a lot of walking and still saw what seems like a half-abandoned zoo in about 30 minutes. Back near the Carnivore Complex is a row of 7 chain-link, old-fashioned cages with the following 9 species: Red-Tailed Hawk, Grey Fox, North American Porcupine, Black-Capped Capuchin, Coati, Helmeted Guineafowl, Red Golden Pheasant, Green Iguana and Ring-Tailed Lemur. Elsewhere there is an African Spurred Tortoise exhibit; a Farmyard with domestic animals, and a trio of aviaries with these species: Barred Owl, Great Horned Owl and Bobwhite Quail.
     
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