Thanks for reminding me about the lyrebird aviary electus parrot. I used to love visiting that while I waited for my lunch at the cafe. Also I agree about the peaceful area that used to exist it was wonderful to escape with the hoofstock in that corner of the zoo. You can still experince this to some extent where the maras are now. On the dramatic price rise I think it was insane as to see 2 new animals the price went from around $20 to $35 at least somebody now found some sense and dropped it to $31.50. I once did some math using figures from the presidents message in a Zoo Times magazine. I worked out that between 2001 and the pandas arrival the zoos operating expenses had gone up $13 million to 21 million dollars. I thought that was absolutely insane.