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Very interesting article. The Mexican Wolf is also very near extinction. The US currently has a captive bred/release to the wild program, which has it's first success in the late 90's.
 

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Yeah, those Mexican wolves. We have four at the Zoo...they are quite active sometimes. I wanted to film them and post it to the website, just so folks could see wolf pack activity if they never had. It's really coordinated, they move just perfectly together if they're anticipating something (like being fed). Mexican wolves come in around GSD size (I think something like 55-85 pounds?) and they are stockier than the gray wolves you usually see on TV and stuff. Neat looking animals.

I'll be there tomorrow morning with the boys, hopefully they will be moving around. I don't even bother with the cool wolverine exhibit now that summer's here--those little guys seem pretty sedate the second it goes above 50 degrees, seems like. Now those are some entertaining animals to watch when they are active in wintertime...talk about having a motor.

We go to the zoo a lot. :oops: :lol: Kids happy, dad happy = go to the zoo a lot.
 

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We have a great wolf santuary right outside of St. Louis that has done a lot of breeding with the Mexican wolves.
Also the best dern zoo in the country in St. Louis.
 

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Not to poop on anyones parade, but who are these people? Here is an example.

Quote:Handling and feeding the pups might already be causing them to lose their fear of people, rescuers feared.


WOW, straight out of DA anonomous.

"They will have to be raised by their father."

Sure, right after being fed and weaned by another bitch in captivity. The father comes back because the bitch comes back. She is usually the alpha if she is having pups.

This article was a bit scary, with the lack of real basic knowledge of wolves.



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Bob Scott said:
We have a great wolf santuary right outside of St. Louis that has done a lot of breeding with the Mexican wolves.
Also the best dern zoo in the country in St. Louis.
Yep, great zoo. No question! Great snakes! Great kids park! But best zoo....? :wink:

Actually quite a few really great zoos around nowadays. One of my favorite things to do. Zoo memberships are great.
 

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Best zoo aka some national survey I read. I think it was based on attendance. Since the St. Louis Zoo is FREE, that's a good reason for great attendance. :D :wink: It's always been rated in the top 5 in the country regardless of attendance.
One of our family pastime favs also! :wink:
 

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I think my all-time favorite is Henry Doorly in Omaha. That's where I grew up, and i think it, SD, STL, Colombus are generally regarded as some of the best around. Singapore Zoo has a huge--I mean like 12+ feet--King Cobra that swims in a tank and that was pretty darn cool (rest of the zoo not so great because walking around tropical exhibits in the tropics ain't so much fun ;-)). Oklahoma City put a ton of money into their zoo in the mid-90s, it's quite nice as well

My zoo is pretty good...nice Northwoods exhibit with the wolverines, lynx, fishers, cougars...but funny enough, the coolest thing there is a real working farm they built. Farmhouse, three or four barns, dairy cows, goats, sheep, quarter horses, chickens, very impressive and rare swine. Tractors to ride and old rusty ones to climb on. You walk (or ride a tractor) about 5-10 minutes from the main zoo to get there through some grain fields and a horse pasture. Big border collie. It's on a couple of acres and kids (everybody) loves it. It's fun to see city kids on a farm...some kind of instinct kicks in, they know this is a lot more natural of an environment than blocks of houses and playgrounds and school buses.
 

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susan tuck said:
Very interesting article. The Mexican Wolf is also very near extinction. The US currently has a captive bred/release to the wild program, which has it's first success in the late 90's.
Here you go, Susan! This was the best profile shot I got this morning, the lighting was bad so it's fuzzy. That's one of the wolves at the Zoo.

 

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Thanks Woody, what a magnificent animal. I think zoos are doing better all the time as far as providing more natural habitats, including areas where the animals can get away from the people, but still be outside. I haven't gone to the LA Zoo in years because they don't seem to keep up with the times as far as that goes. You would think that since LA is such a wealthy city, they could afford to spend a little more on the Zoo!

The San Diego zoo & the Wild Animal Park are pretty amazing.
 

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Very nice picture! I'm sad to say the closest zoo to me (Central Florida Zoo) is in desparate need of renovation. Last time I was there it was horrible. Concrete flooring and wire cages that were way too small (to me). I heard they did SOME renovations, but I haven't been back there in probably 3-4 years.
 

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I was really impressed by the Naples Zoo last time I was in Florida. I was expecting the worst...it seems pretty hokey as you're going in...but it's quite a nice zoo, especially for kids. There is a big boat ride that takes you by these islands, all populated by different species of monkeys. Standard Florida alligator feeding. Hyenas, but the pen was too small. Biggest cougar I have ever seen, it was a monster. Cape hunting dogs.

A moose from today:


This is an American Cream Draft Horse. I don't know jack about horses but this is supposedly rare and the only draft breed that originated in the US:


And finally, clothes really DO make the man:
 

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Little "Superkid" looks like he's ready to launch! :lol:
I've seen the American Cream at the Kentucky Horse Park. If you like horses, that's a fantastic place!
 

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Bob Scott said:
Best zoo aka some national survey I read. I think it was based on attendance. Since the St. Louis Zoo is FREE, that's a good reason for great attendance. :D :wink: It's always been rated in the top 5 in the country regardless of attendance.
One of our family pastime favs also! :wink:
Agreed Bob! I love going to the St. Louis Zoo whenever I can, especially by myself! The biologist in me likes to spend like 10-15 minutes at each exhibit, not just 30 seconds! For example, I was up at the Omaha Zoo in their desert dome looking at the Australian taipan. It's one of the most deadly snakes in the world, but because it's kind of boring dusty colored, no one was looking at it. :roll: The best time to go to the St. Louis Zoo is when there is a really light drizzle. The animals prefer it because it's not as hot, there's almost no one there, and you can easily find free parking! I would like to shadow with the vets out there if I can. I shadowed with the Omaha Zoo vets over Thanksgiving and winter break and it was REALLY cool. Getting a job as a zoo vet is really really competitive and it doesn't pay nearly as much as a small animal vet though. Bummer... :?
 
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