Welcome to 2015. Wishing you all the very best and hoping all your dreams come true.
I was determined that this year I would find more hours in the day to devote to ZooNews Digest but find that there isn't any. I have a full time job, a full time girlfriend, the need for cooking, cleaning, living and enjoying life and a desire to get as many hours sleep as I can. It just doesn't work out. I will do my best though.
Dubai Zoo is being slated again in the letters of 7Days so this morning I thought I would make a visit. It is over a year since I last passed by. As per usual this popular little zoo was packed. The 2 AED entrance fee helps of course but it is a safe and secure place for maids and their charges and young families to visit. Were the recent criticisms correct? Well yes and no. It is certainly looking a lot more 'tired' since I last was there. It hasn't got worse in terms of housing because it was never good. Right now though it appears to be being used as an advert for the new Dubai Safari Zoo which has yet to open. Still nobody really has a good guess as to when this may actually happen. It's January now so that leaves just four months to do any moves. After April it will be too hot and animal transport then is a recipe for trouble. The one most noticeable thing to me was that I saw only one Gorilla. Does anyone have any idea where the other one might be? Regardless of the faults with Dubai Zoo I would hate to see it closed when the Safari opens. It needs to be redeveloped imaginatively on a smaller scale with realistic species. It is too much of a local amenity for the Jumeirah area to disappear altogether. Few maids and charges will be able to afford the time or the money to head all the way out of Dubai to the new Safari.
At the end of this month I will be heading US side and getting my first chance to visit Los Angeles Zoo, San Diego Wild Animal Park, San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld San Diego. I am looking forward to my visits with interest. I have only visited the US once before for one day. That was back in 1974. Then I was stopping on Grand Bahama and hired a small plane to fly over to Florida for the day. Lots of options but I thought I would forego trips to the usual and go somewhere nobody else had been. So I headed out to the Seminole Indian Village and Zoo. I have still not met anyone else who has been there. It was horrible....but interesting. No doubt this new trip will be interesting too.
It has been an interesting couple of weeks in the world of zoos. I have not included any links to zoos counting animals or what they do with old Christmas tree because that happens year after year. I'm surprised the press don't get bored.
For me probably the most interesting recent story was the escape of three rhino. That didn't get anywhere near the coverage I would have expected. Check out the video in the link below. Whereas I give credit to the keeper running after them it demonstrates something I have always told my keepers not to do. In an escape you need to think and act like a sheepdog. Running behind an animal moves it on. You have to circle round. Mind you I don't think it would be wise to stand in front of three stampeding rhinos....but no doubt you get the drift. Delighted that they and nobody was harmed.
Someone was trying to hack into my computer today. One wonders why. It is a long time since the last attack. Is it perhaps something to do with my comments on Animal Keepers, Trainers and Wildlife Professionals of the Middle East ?
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