Bay of Stingrays- Visitors would enter a small building with an arched entranceway and see several large tanks of various types of rays, with the first tank being for ocellate river stingrays of South America, and Xingu River stingrays. The next tank (Wings in the Water) would have manta rays. Visitors would continue along a carpeted pathway past a cownose ray tank, and a large eagle ray/yellow stingray tank. The next part of the building would be known as “Turtle Travels”, and start with a tunnel visitors would walk under- a large exhibit with green, leatherback, hawksbill, and loggerhead sea turtles, continuing to an indoor pond with painted turtles. For $1, visitors could feed the turtles fish. There would then be a row of terrariums for eastern box turtles, stink pot turtles, spiny soft-shell turtles, red-eared sliders, yellow-bellied sliders, and a large, rocky tortoise corral where visitors could pet sulcata, African spurred, Greek, and Russian tortoises. The last part of the building would be a unique walk-through exhibit! Visitors could walk through an area with elevated tubes and walkways for the animals. You may be wondering what animals they are- hamsters and guinea pigs! These creatures may seem boring, but they are anything but. After the walk-through, visitors would see signs guiding them to “Animals and Humans- Coexisting Peacefully”, showing animal exhibits with manmade structures in the exhibits. The first exhibit would be a Japanese macaque island with a faux Japanese shrine- a typical rocky island with grass, trees, climbing structures, and enrichment- including in the makeshift “shrine”. The wide path would go past a bison and pronghorn exhibit with teepees, covered wagons, and other artifacts of 19th century prairie life in it. An elevated boardwalk would start near a set of coin-operated viewing “scopes”, and go into the bison and pronghorn exhibit! For those who did not feel comfortable doing this, the path would connect the two points on the boardwalk (the bison and pronghorn exhibit and the gazelle exhibit). There would be fences separating the animals from the boardwalk, which would end at another set of coin-operated viewing “scopes” at a 5-acre mixed-species savanna for brindled gnu, ostrich, Grevy’s zebras, Masai and reticulated giraffes, and East African crowned cranes, with the “ruins of an African village”. The path would continue on past a sizable Australian exhibit for tammar wallabies, Parma wallabies, red kangaroos, emus, and gray kangaroos, with Aboriginal-style art being scattered throughout the exhibit. The path would wind past two more exhibits- a “temple ruins”-style exhibit for Baird’s tapirs, giant anteaters, capybaras, and scarlet macaws (with varying terrain, pools, and trees), and an exhibit with a fake oil rig for animals from Texas- mule deer, plains bison, and Texas longhorn cattle. To be continued….