Without doubt the biggest story of the week was Chessington Zoo banning animal print clothing. When I saw it I thought, what a stroke of genius...the press will love that....and they did. It has gone right around the world and back again. I have been sifting through links for Zoo News Digest since the dawn of the internet and this, as a story, is unique. Credit to them. But in all seriousness does the clothing visitors wear actually make any impact on our animals? In my experience it does....to some animals. Colour of clothing or skin does cause reaction in some. Even body shape and stature. Some of the excellent photographic prints on 'T' shirts can raise the ire of a few. Animals are not stupid. As to Chessington? Well who knows? Maybe some of their animals are affected. It matters little, it was a wonderful press coup.
Sticking with the subject. I have long puzzled about the dress of some zoo visitors. If I go out for the day I consider whether it is likely to be hot, cold or if it may rain. That's as far as it goes. I will dress accordingly. It is obvious to me that some of the customers to our zoos go a few steps further. You will all have seen them. They turn up in their Gorilla, Chimpanzee or Tiger 'T' Shirts or wearing a Safari Suit. Their choice of garment is destination rather than practically dictated. I can't quite figure....but then people, like our animals, are different.
I don't know where time has gone this past couple of weeks.....or rather I do. Time is short enough as it is but when I set myself a new project something has to give. In my case it is losing a part of a day in which I do something else. I decided to write a book which has been whizzing around in my head for a year now. It has nothing to do with zoos....I do have another life. Truth is stranger than fiction. I hope I can stick with it.
I am off to the UK again next week for a few days. I hope the weather is as pleasant as it was earlier this month. Strange really. I don't go to the UK for years and then twice in a month.
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NEW EXHIBIT PRESENTATION
Plans to renovate two adjacent exhibits at Newquay Zoo Environmental Park in Newquay, Great Britain, resulted in the creation of a Madagascan exhibit, a new theme area that showcases the zoo's involvement in conservation programs in Madagascar and allows to breed several endangered Madagascan species. Moverover, narrow-striped mongoose and crowned lemurs are kept together for the first time which turned out to be a success.
We would like to thank Amy Plowman from the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust for preparing this presentation for the ZooLex Gallery:
Thanks to Eduardo Diaz Garcia we are able to offer the Spanish translation of the Madagascan Exhibit at Newquay Zoo Environmental Park in Newquay, Great Britain:
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