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Discussion in 'United States' started by okapikpr, 20 Jun 2009.

  1. okapikpr

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    Sounds like a gigantic cluster**** for the zoo. How do you have two saltwater crocs for four years and not get some kind of exhibit built to show them off?
     
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    Well, they also have a brand new Tassie devil enclosure but no Tassies, and takins for a future Asian highlands zone, but no apparent current plans to build said Asian Highlands zone.
     
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    Oh, they have plans and have even broke ground for construction...there has been so much delay in construction and then of course the huge increase in material costs didnt help either.
     
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    Really? Then I withdraw my supposition. That zoo has been difficult to fully gather what is going on there. My correspondance with them has not been terribly fruitful.
     
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    0.1 Asian elephant born at the zoo

     
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    Does anybody know if this baby is being hand raised? Because all of the videos and photos I've seen show him with the keepers and the mother on another enclosure.

    Here is another link with photos and videos: ZooBorns: Albuquerque's Got a Trunk Full of Fun
     
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    Rozie showed a little aggression, which is typical in a first time mom, so the keepers separated them temporarily. They are actually in adjacent stalls and can see each other.
     
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    The same thing happened with the Oregon Zoo's baby elephant. Mom was scared and showed aggression to the calf, her being a first time mom, and she never saw a birth before. After a while, motherly instincts kicked in, and she's now an awesome mother. Here's hopes that Rozie will warm up to the little girl.
     
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    Any update on the saltwater croc situation?
     
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    on asianelephant.net there are new photos of rozana and the new calf daisy together, they seem to be interacting together well.
     
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    The zoo is building a new penguin exhibit next to the polar bears. They seem to have their priorities mixed up with new exhibits with all the Asia and Australia plans and now they are building something completely different.

    http://www.bioparksociety.org/penguinchill
     
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    During the summer, the zoo will stay open until 8pm on Wednesdays.

    (Too bad I just found out about this, because I will be there this weekend from Saturday through Tuesday, so will just miss it. And I love late hours at zoos.)
     
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    Just found this article that says they have four american alligators off exhibit, apparently in small pools behind the saltwater crocodile pools. The reptile curator wants to build an outdoor alligator exhibit in an unused area outside the reptile house, which already has the necessary water and electrical connections.

    Zoo gators want a bite of state money

    Of course the (much more expensive) saltwater crocodile exhibit has made no progress either. They are warehoused in plain cement tanks in what looks like a storage barn, although visitors can see them from a glass overlook.

    And the area that is supposed to be the new penguin exhibit was an empty boarded up space as of my visit last summer. It was the same way when I first visited the zoo, which was ten years previous. There is also a pile of construction debris by the entrance to the africa expansion that says "future exhibit." The africa expansion opened just after my first visit, so that debris pile has been there 8 or 9 years. This zoo is just going nowhere, I am sad to see. (Not to mention their grossly outdated cat walk and some other areas that need improvement).
     
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    Is this zoo worth checking out? are the exhibits nice? It has a good animal collection:)
     
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    It is a substandard zoo in my opinion, barely worthy of its AZA accreditation. Of course, it is the only MAJOR zoo in New Mexico, so if you are a zoo lover and you are there anyway, you may as well stop in. But as someone who has been to dozens of zoos in every part of the country, I find it disappointing.
     
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