THE ARK - On Animal Blogging With Dill The Cat.
A DIFFERENT KIND OF UNIVERSITY--A ZOO
Based on our experiences Denver Zoo staff and volunteers are some of the most engaging people we have come across when visiting zoos. Sometimes we speak of them as ambassadors for the zoo, but they are also educators that conduct programs to teach people about animals. The Big Picture at the end of this page is one of the many animals used in Denver Zoo's educational programs. Meet Short Stack and Echo... two more creatures in Denver Zoo's mission to educate people to those we share the world with.
This is Short Stack, a pancake tortoise.
This is Echo, a hawk.
Its almost inconceivable to visit a zoo and not come away with a more acute awareness if not an education of the animal kingdom. Denver Zoo, everyday, is a place of learning, and that is not something extra one receives during the visit--it is part of the experience itself. As we have come to learn all worthy zoos are really another form of an ark and such arks serve as an university of life, and from a recent zoo visit, life that once was...
DINOS AT DENVER ZOO
Not just big but life size, beautiful animatronics dinos with learning experiences about them are all over Denver Zoo! The following are just a few of them. To get a sense of their size, check out the man in the blue shirt.
Are You Seeing What You Are Looking At?
The next time you visit a zoo while watching the animals in their habitats, ask yourself, Are you seeing what you are looking at? Habitats should not only be seen as viewing arenas for zoo visitors but rather habitats striking a nature similarity as to how an animal would live in the wild and with quality life enhancements that provide animals harmony for their specific nature and needs. Sometimes, as great as these factors are, you may not see them when you are watching animals in their zoo habitats. So when viewing animals at a zoo, look, study if you will their habitat designs because you could be seeing a lot more than what you are looking at.
The Edge is the newest habitat at Denver Zoo. The new environment is for their endangered Amur tigers, and it is almost 50% larger than their old habitat. A membership benefit is having previews prior to public openings, so we were there. The Edge is not about seeing tigers in a new territory but experiencing them as their habitat design provides a balance of first meeting the tigers’ needs then integrating human encounter. See what we saw by S. Mason’s photographs below.
At Animal Blogging With Dill The Cat we call zoos another form of an ark. To visit a zoo is to come away with knowledge, and The Edge experience encompass an education, an acute awareness of the Amur tigers.
Amur tigers are solitary creatures. In the design of The Edge that is taken into account thus the tigers are provided alone time spaces, hence the visual barrier areas.
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