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Archive for September, 2011

Photo by Kelli O'Brien

In February, the Zoo, with the help of Pike Company found a bus near Niagara Falls; a real 1967 English Double Decker vehicle to serve the purpose of our “one-of-a-kind Safari Bus.” I believe no other zoo in the U.S., or possibly around the world, has a bus that is used as barrier between lions and the public. It has been residing at Hawk, Frame & Axel in Fairport and was craned into position last week (see photo to the right). We will paint it beiges and browns, the typical colors that would be found on a safari vehicle touring in Ngorongoro Crater.

Photo courtesy of George Eastman House

Inside, our Education team will develop graphics and interpretive elements demonstrating how the definition of a “safari” has changed over the past 100 years. Once hunters would be applauded if they came back with a huge ivory tusk or head of an elephant, now we bring back our memories and thousands of digital photos that capture the experience (see photo to the left).

– Rachel Baker August, Executive Director of the Seneca Park Zoo Society

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Zoo staff continues to make changes and improvements all through the year. Currently, we are working on the “old emu” exhibit in preparation for new additions to the collection this fall. We will be receiving some new animals soon for this space which will fit much better with the California sea lions living right next door.

Photos by Larry Sorel

We consistently do our best to have animals in appropriate mixes that reflect our educational message, and clearly the emus did not do that in this area. Now that we are finished with the improvements to the water quality systems in the Rocky Coasts we will be able to make additional changes to the collection over time. This is just the first of several. Stay tuned for more information this fall.

Larry Sorel, County Zoo Director

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Photo by Kelli O'Brien

Along with all the work being done to bring lions to the Zoo, progress continues on upgrades to the Elephant Exhibit. The yard is being modified to allow us to separate it in to two parts if necessary. In addition, the entire perimeter is being enhanced to allow us to manage a bull in the future, if that becomes necessary.

Photo by Kelli O'Brien

All these improvements will allow us to move forward as the opportunity presents itself in the future. The “new” Elephant Exhibit will open at the same time we open the Lion Exhibit, spring of 2012.

 – Larry Sorel, County Zoo Director

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It’s coming together!

Photo by Rachel Baker August

Check out this neat photo on the right. Even while we are in the midst of construction, our fortunate elephants have an opportunity to check out the progress for themselves. Here they are walking right through the soon-to-be Lion Exhibit.

The Safari Bus is being delivered to the Zoo next week! It will be craned in, onto concrete pillions. Hawk, Frame & Axle has been performing miracles on the double decker to make it “lion proof.”

Photo by Rachel Baker August

They are reinforcing the sides with steel, putting in safety glass and re-wiring all the electric so that the headlights and taillights work. As you can see in this photo, the roof rack is made for luggage, but it’s also an additional barrier to keep the lions in and people out. The hood portion of the bus had to be rebuilt to create a platform so lions would jump up by the front glass so you can get an even closer look!

– Rachel Baker August, Executive Director of the Seneca Park Zoo Society

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