Metro/Oregon Zoo Peddles More Baloney (Is That Even "Sustainable"?)

Posted on August 25, 2012 by


They’re using their carefully-crafted “Opt-In survey” to steer folks toward accepting their party line on “green” and “education” – rather than worrying about mundane things like responsibility for the animals in their care:

The Oregon Zoo is home to 260 species of animals and welcomes more than 1.5 million visitors each year. What should all those people get out of their zoo visit? What do you want to learn about animals when you visit the zoo? Should the zoo provide information that helps you conserve wildlife habitat? 

Like the butterflies raised at the zoo, the zoo itself is going through a metamorphosis. Last year, the zoo completed a long-term plan for improvements to the entire zoo campus. A new Veterinary Medical Center opened in January. And the zoo will launch construction on new California condor and elephant habitats over the next year. 

Currently, the zoo is developing a plan to guide how they share information about each animal and about wildlife conservation generally. This plan will shape the content and style of displays, presentations and signs at the new condor and elephant habitats as well as at future homes for polar bears, primates and rhinos. Your feedback will influence how stories of wildlife and nature are told. 

The zoo needs your advice on how you prefer to learn about each animal and the information you think is important. Join the conversation. Please take 10 minutes to complete this survey before September 1.,1382964 

Yeah, right. They start off by claiming that they’re full of “experts”. They’re full of something, all right, but it isn’t “experts”. As even the staid

Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) on exhibit at the...

Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) on exhibit at the Oregon Zoo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Oregonian reported a couple of months ago, they’ve mounted a concerted effort to drive out experienced staff, replacing them with 20-to-30-somethings who, like parrots, can be counted upon to deliver the Party line (assuming that they can be dragged away from their computers, meetings, and social hours).

In their arrogance, they seem to believe that their most important goal should be to educate you, through graphics and “keeper talks” on the importance of “man-made global warming”, drowning polar bears, recycling, and whatever other greenie propaganda strikes their fancy – even as they spend thousands of dollars each year on biologically irrelevant plastic “toys” and send staff members winging off on carbon-neutral jets to attend “conferences”.

The public meanwhile, manages to educate itself without zoo/Metro “professional assistance”: they can visit the plastic-filled dump referred to as the “sun bear exhibit”, or view a plastic slide chucked into an exhibit full of disinterested primates, or any of a number of other educational venues. And that education can be summed up in one word: hypocrisy.

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