Moving on to the news. Once again Surabaya Zoo is getting it in the neck. It almost constant just now. Anybody starting to follow the story just now would be appalled and in some cases rightly so. No-one, least of all me is going to say everything is okay because it clearly isn't. Anyone seriously wanting to know what is going on needs to scratch a bit deeper than the current stories. Corruption, competition, big business are all being enhanced by people who are trying to cover their backs or promote themselves. I find the whole thing as interesting as it is irritating.
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Congratulations to Sue Woodgate. Drusillas remains in my top five zoos ever visited. You are doing an excellent job.
Sadly, I see that Lafayette Zoo is the latest to exhibit a two headed turtle. I really am against this exhibition of freaks by zoos. What makes it even worse in Lafayette is that the unfortunate little creature was not even hatched in that collection but brought in purposefully for display. It really needs to be euthanased. Freaks like White Tigers, White Lions, Marmalade Tigers, Snow Tigers and deliberately produced colour morphs have no place in the modern zoo. Every place that goes down the freaky road needs to seriously think about what it is they are doing. I don't think they give a damn about anything but money. Just where would they draw the line. I bet there are people right now offering big money for that poor little white dolphin in Taiji.
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