Tigers – The kind in the Columbus Zoo

by Maureen McCabe on December 27, 2007

Tiger Photo from  Geek Philosopher

Not LSU Tigers.. Real tigers, Siberian Tigers… It’s difficult to search the Columbus Dispatch for tiger news because of the sports stories.

Jack Hanna was on ‘Good Morning America’ this morning from Montana. His connection to the Columbus Zoo is still Hanna’s authority to speak for American Zoos, I believe.

Hanna was interviewed along with Adam Roberts of Born Free, about “Should animals be caged? “

In his first response Roberts angered Hanna, Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo by lumping zoos in with circuses. Roberts intimated that zoos are not educational.

I think I learned something this fall at the Columbus Zoo about what a small world it is. At an exhibit at the Columbus Zoo… all about conservation …a Zoo employee talked to me… me personally about animal skins that someone was trying to smuggle in through Port Columbus… I can’t remember which animals but I am sure there was a large cat skin… there was a story on the internet Sunday about a Siberian Tiger being beheaded and skinned inside a Chinese Zoo…

Columbus Dispatch from the AP:

“Did fatal tiger escape have human help? Jack Hanna doubts tiger jumped out on its own; San Francisco police open criminal investigation”

I have to admit I did not like zoos as a kid… my favorite part was the train ride… actually until quite recently the zoo was not a place I wanted to spend time. If the Columbus Zoo is an indication zoos are becoming more educational.

Photo courtesy of GeekPhilosopher.com

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1 buckblog December 28, 2007 at 07:48 am

Zoos have come a long way since I was a kid. I remember the Pittsburgh zoo being just a bunch of animals in cages. Over the years I’ve been to zoos in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, San Antonio and of course Columbus. It seems most now do eveything they can to take care of the animals. I’m with Jack Hanna on this. Today’s zoos are educational. They get people interested in preserving wildlife.

Columbus is fortunate to have such a high quality zoo.

2 Maureen McCabe December 28, 2007 at 08:47 am

Thanks for the comment (s) Paul,

I disliked zoos so I have only been to the two in Chicago, Brookfield and Lincoln Park, the Milwaukee Zoo, the Vilas Zoo in Madison and a zoo in Wilmington DE before the Columbus Zoo… I was disappointed the first time I went to the Columbus Zoo that it was not huge.

I have come to appreciate that it is not huge and how educational at least the Columbus Zoo is. I wonder if I would have read the displays at zoos as a kid or whether the educational opportunity would have been lost on me. I have to believe to compete Zoos have all had to upgrade and get involved in animal conservation.

I wondered how the guy from Born Free feels about places like ‘The Wilds’. I went to the Wild Animal Park out in San Diego (not the zoo!)

I can find lots of information on the internet but it is not the same as real life. Watching documentaries and looking at info on the internet is not going to teach us as much about animals as going to the zoo does.

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