Box 13, Folder 12, Document 147

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Box 13, Folder 12, Document 147

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ori on Visit to Atlanta Zcc on January 28, 1957

Ca danuary 28, 1967 the undersigned visited the Atlanta Zoo. During

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he zoo as typical visitors; in the afternoon,

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by his loyalty to the goo.

this re,ort is divided into three parts: iI. Physical Plant,
Ii. Aniral Collection, and III. Conclusion.

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educational values or economical basis for existing. Many cities realized

z2utractions, Other cities built ur their zoos for educational programs,

. the wealthier cities began to take interest in the conservation

Today, there is a tendency to combine these values, and in reality,
they complement each other to the advantage of the city. With this

philosophy in mind, this report is written.

The three major buildings of the Atlanta Zoo are outstanding. Ali
‘uildings were clean and well maintained. Some of the details need

improving, such as placing swinging bars in the center of the primate
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cold be improved by lahdscaping and painting. The hcofed sninal
a2ea needs a good landscape plan to provice shace and prevent erosion,
“he chilcren's zoo animal spaces could be made more attractive.
The lack of outside cages attached to the buildings is very notices
sole but since the buildings are already built, it is unnecessary to

rivicize this disadvantage.
The lack of informative signs is very disturbing, and the loss of
educational value is obvious.


Observations: There are definitely some animals that should be
removed from display, i.e. tailless Jaguar and Black Leopard. ‘Some

animals should be off display until their health problems are solved,


for example, the spotted leopar

There seems to be a lack of purpose in the collection:
a\y on lions, tigers, Piptailed macaques, and chimpanzees; while absen
avé the typical zoo animals: hipros, sireffes, and birds.

a : Rework collection so there is an array of animals

the animal kingdom,
(lL) Feline Ilouse. By removing all but one good breeding pair of
rs, there would be room for a pair each of cheetahs, serval,

siden cats, hyenas, etc.
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(2) Primate House. Place Gibbons in the present Pigtailed macaques!
case; obtain-a legal orangutan; thus all representatives of the apes are
mrecent. Since the house is controlled environmentally, rare and unusual
svecimens could be displayed.

(3) Reptile House. Considering the house has never been open to the
cublic, the collection can be considered impressive. As far as it could
be determined, there are no tanks to display pure aquatic turtles, for
example, Mata mata and the African Soft shell; turtles are very popular
with the public.

We recommend that remodeling of the Reptile House be held in
abeyance until a director is appointed so that a professional can govern
its operation. To allow a lay curator carte blanche to reorganize and
remodel a new building is foolish. Professional curators, such as ee
Conant of Philadelphia, Herndon Dowling of New York, or Earl Herald of
San Francisco, would be pleased to survey the workings of the building and
suggest ways and means to modify it at the least expense so it could be
opened to the public.

(4) Hoofed Animal Exhibit. These could be reworked to display
interesting species which would help conservation of threatened species.
As it is now, the few donkeys, etc. is an extremely uninteresting exhibit.

(5) Children's Zoo. This was seen under winter conditions but it
is obvious that a better collection of animals could be obtained, i.e.

pigmy goats, Llamas, and Fallow deer. Some of the wild babies that are

born at the zoo (lions, tigers, monkeys, bears) could be incorporated
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sildronts goo. “Jith a little thoucht, prysically, this soction could
“o improvea for a closer association between the children ard the animals.

(5) Since the goo does not exhibit birds, a whole zoological civi-
sic. is wissing. Even without a birdhouse, a food collection cowlc de
‘csont: Large birds mixed with the hoofed stock, parrots on outside
coans, jays in the green houses with the alligators, and seri—trorical
cirds in small outdoor cages.


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“2c Incal schools. There is an endless list of ways to promote more
interest in the educational aspect of the zoo.


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The goo is lacking in imagination. An example of how animals could

he worked into the tresent physical setup to make it more attractive is


oy acdine racaws to the planted areas of the Primate House, and small

finches wovld do very well in the waterfall areas of the Feline House.

Qe receives the impression of always being indoors, Relatively
inexpensive outside cages could be built to house the common monkeys and
sali mammals. Landscape walks across from the bears could pass through
ar exhibit area.

Park and paddock fences could enclose an unused area for hoofed stock.

with the advantage of the southern weather, outside plants and animals
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1d make the overall appearance of the zoo more delightful.

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Even though the zoo is limited in total acreare, there are many
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