Saturday, April 27, 2013

Our New Cat Canyon

Dear George,
We’ve belonged to the Cincinnati Zoo for a long time.  When J was a little kid, I’d take him there each Saturday morning while Katja was out doing errands, and it always was exciting.  Now it’s a favorite destination when our grandkids come to town.  The zoo was good back in the 1970’s, but it’s changed dramatically in the 35 or 40 years since.  Nearly 80% of the current exhibition sites didn’t exist when we first started going.  One of the most recent additions is the $3 million Cat Canyon.  It replaced the former Tiger Grotto that had been built in 1934.  The Cat Canyon is divided into several separate areas.  The biggest, designed to simulate a tropical habitat, houses two white tigers: Akere, a male, and Popsuy, a female.  White tigers, of course, are extremely rare – making up only one out of every 10,000 tigers that are born.  Here’s how our handsome zoo pair looks.  

The second Cat Canyon area is occupied by two six-year-old Malayan Tiger brothers, Taj and Who Dey.  Malayan Tigers live in the wilds in Malaysia and southern Thailand, and there are only about 500 left in the world.  The new zoo exhibit includes a pool in which Taj and Who Dey can cool off on hot days.

Three snow leopards live in a third area which is designed with the look of a rocky Himalayan riverbed.  Renji, a three-year-old female, came from the Chattanooga Zoo.  Nobo, a male, is two and a half, and Olga is an older female.  The leopards are about the size of Old English Sheepdogs, live in high mountain areas of central Asia, and are an endangered species.  Their diet in the wilds is mainly blue sheep and ibex.  Now that spring’s in full bloom we’ll stop by and see these babies in the next week or two. 

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-Vicki L (4-30): Wow David - magnificent photos. I'm thinking you should start working for the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce - special agent in charge of bringing tourists and settlers to Cincinnati. You make the city come alive…  Much Love, Sis

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