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Old 04-23-2010, 02:36 PM
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Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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Our zoo has wild dogs? I didn't know that. I bought a season pass before spring break but it was too crowded then so I haven't been yet. I've seen wild dogs in Africa and it's a little hard to imagine their life in a zoo. Their territory is 500 - 1000 sq miles, when hunting they run 30-40 mph and will chase their prey until the prey is exhausted (miles) and their kill rate is 80%. The pack will devour their kill in minutes. Here's a photo of wild dogs eating a warthog.
Wild dogs eating warthog. photo - Cindy Wheeler photos at pbase.com

Get this - my daughter just texted me a photo of the wild dogs at the Houston zoo. She's there looking at them while I was typing this. How funny is that.
They have quite an area at the Houston Zoo. They're really, really neat.
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Old 04-24-2010, 12:18 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in San Antonio
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My son and I always have a good time at the Zoo. Yes, it's not big, but it's nice.

I do agree though, the Jaguar space needs to be tripled and he needs a friend. It makes me so sad every time I see the pacing.
Same with the Elephant. I am sad to see him (her?) all alone. I am glad a friend is coming, hopefully with a bigger space.
The way I understand it, the elephant is already there but in quarantine for 45 days before introduced to the elephant already there.
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Old 04-25-2010, 02:29 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Jaguars are actually solitary animals in the wild, so I don't think they would want "friends".

I don't think the jaguar exhibit is all that cramped, it has an indoor sleeping area the jaguar can retreat to and lots of water and foliage elements to interact with.
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Old 04-25-2010, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Diyallusss, TX
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At many zoos, you can sponsor an animal on behalf of someone, perhaps their favorite animal. And most of the time, the person gets quite a nice package sent to them, announcing your gift and containing some other goodies.

I sponsored a giraffe for my grandnephew and he got a stuffed giraffe, some free passes to the zoo, a book about giraffes, and some other things I no longer recall. It did not cost a great deal, but wasn't close to 'free' either. It was definitely worth it. The bulk of the money went to the giraffes (the REAL ones!!) and the zoo.

This a great way to get a fine gift to someone you love, AND support the zoo and the favorite animal of the 'someone' you've chosen....

You can check the San Antonio Zoo website to find out if they offer adoptions and/or sponsorships....
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Old 04-25-2010, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Diyallusss, TX
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Well, I went ahead and checked and Yes, You can adopt animals at SA Zoo...
here is a link to the page that lists which animals can be adopted, the cost, and the various levels of 'adoption' you can participate in.....
The animals will likely appreciate it and you will feel as though you helped them out ----- and you WILL/DID!!!
plus an animal will truly benefit from it... a win/win.....

Animal Adoption LevelsBENEFITS
KEEPER
$25.00
Lead
KEEPER
$50.00
senior
KEEPER
$100.00
assistant
curator
$250.00
curator
$500.00
general
curator
$1,000.00
executive
director
$2,000.00
Personalized
Certificate of
Adoption
Animal
Fact Sheet
4x6 Color Photo
8x10 Color Photo
Zoo Bucks ($5 each)*
Name Listed on
Adopt-An-Animal
Board
Invitation to Annual
Membership Party
Annual Adopt Plush & Conservation Message
Meet & Greet with the Keeper**
Behind-the-Scenes
Tour**

San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium - Where you experience Real. Wild. Life. (http://www.sazoo-aq.org/support/adoptananimal.html - broken link)
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Old 04-25-2010, 05:36 PM
 
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Well, I went ahead and checked and Yes, You can adopt animals at SA Zoo...
here is a link to the page that lists which animals can be adopted, the cost, and the various levels of 'adoption' you can participate in.....
The animals will likely appreciate it and you will feel as though you helped them out ----- and you WILL/DID!!!
plus an animal will truly benefit from it... a win/win.....

Animal Adoption LevelsBENEFITS
KEEPER
$25.00
Lead
KEEPER
$50.00
senior
KEEPER
$100.00
assistant
curator
$250.00
curator
$500.00
general
curator
$1,000.00
executive
director
$2,000.00
Personalized
Certificate of
Adoption
Animal
Fact Sheet
4x6 Color Photo
8x10 Color Photo
Zoo Bucks ($5 each)*
Name Listed on
Adopt-An-Animal
Board
Invitation to Annual
Membership Party
Annual Adopt Plush & Conservation Message
Meet & Greet with the Keeper**
Behind-the-Scenes
Tour**

San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium - Where you experience Real. Wild. Life. (http://www.sazoo-aq.org/support/adoptananimal.html - broken link)
super cool Pops! Excellent news! Thanks for posting!
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Old 04-25-2010, 05:38 PM
 
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This zoo sounds absolutely awful
I think you're mixing some of the posters up with the animals.

The zoo is wonderful and we have been to plenty....Europe included.
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Old 04-26-2010, 10:08 AM
Status: "aaaand I'm gone again :)" (set 5 days ago)
 
Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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Thanks for posting that, Pops!

I just saw Chris Anderson on Fox News being interviewed about his grizzly bear rescues. He said many grizzlies are euthanized every year, because the population in captivity is too high, and there are just not enough places for them to go...and because they've lived their lives in captivity, they can't be reintroduced to the wild.

So if you're thinking about how cruel zoos are, remember that some of these animals are rescued from certain death by zoos taking them, often at a very high cost. Membership and sponsorship is important for their continued care.

It's such a beautiful time of year....why not support the San Antonio Zoo by making a visit?
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Old 04-26-2010, 11:42 AM
 
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I agree with the poster that said to go as early as you can.....OR..during a week like this week when the temperature is moderate to warm. They are much more active and visible.
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Old 05-10-2010, 08:49 PM
 
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Default This Zoo,

Is awful only because it dumps 3 million gals. of ecoli bacteria infested water into the River daily. From washing cages. It is a disgrace.
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This zoo sounds absolutely awful
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