Gnu Zoo Review

Comfortably numbat

Is there a website or app or something that lets you know which animals are in which zoos? Like, where you could write in “numbat” and “San Diego Zoo” and see if one or more live there? Or else maybe just a spreadsheet or whatever that alphabetically lists all the animals on the Y axis and all the zoos on the X axis? If not (and a cursory search of the world wide web does not turn one up by the way), does anybody want to fund my travel to all the zoos and pay me to chart this useful and necessary information? I could even review the zoos’ food and architecture and other variables while I was at it. Just a thought.

I mean, obviously lots of zoos have their own personal websites, but that would be very time-consuming to go to all of them just to find a numbat. I’m talking one-stop shopping here. Also, as far as I can tell, the San Diego Zoo does not have a numbat (or a wildebeest, for that matter. But if you want to marvel at an axolotl, babirusa, binturong, Chinese giant salamander, fossa, gila monster, gundi, kiwi, platypus, pygmy hippopotamus, quokka, rock hyrax, saiga, shoebill, takin, tenrec, tuatara, warthog or wombat, you’ve come to the right place.)

Facebook, 19 January 2020

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    Fast Eddy
    When you plan on going?

    Chuck Eddy
    When somebody makes it worth my while!

    Cosmo Lee
    I cannot answer your question, but I think your premise would make for a fantastic 90s noise rock song!

    Cosmo Lee
    Maybe there’s a journalistic piece in there somewhere about zoo tourism. Surely there are people who treat zoos as travel destinations. I remember when Knut the polar bear cub debuted at the Berlin Zoo – he was an international celebrity. From having visited a zoo recently, I’ll note that even if a zoo has a certain animal that it will show itself or be available for viewing. Zoos are often not happy places for animals, and I firsthand observed attendant behaviors such as sulking, hiding, or pacing in circles. On the other hand, zoos offer the rare opportunity to see fauna otherwise only observable in natural habitats, and there’s some magic, if artificial and occasionally ethically thorny, in that.


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