Box 13, Folder 12, Document 147

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

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Mr. Dilbeck showed us every courtesy
by his loyalty to the goo.
divided into three parts: Physical Plant,
and III. Conclusion.
zoos were established to ibit a small collec-
scion of imais, i b words, @ menagerie These menageries had no

educational v es economical }

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

the wealthier cities began to take interest in the conservation

y, there is a tendency to combine these values, and in reality,

plement each other to the advantage of the ci

in mind, this report is written.

major buildings of the Atlanta Zoo are outstanding.

wuildings 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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colld be improved by lafidseaping and painting. The hcofed sninal
a-ea 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 noticc-—
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.

Ltlanta Zoo j= February &, 1967

(2) Primate House. Place Gibbons in the present Pigtailed macaques!
case; obtain-a legal orangutan; thus all representatives of the apes are
recent. Since the house is controlled environmentally, rare and uusual
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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roach sa age when it is n neer safe to keen them in a
ith a little thought, physically, this secticn could
for a closer association between the children ard the animals.
Sinee the zoo does not exhibit birds, a whole zoological civi-
Even without a birdhouses, a good collection coulce 5e
: mixed with the hoofed stock, parrots on outside
the green nouses with the alligators,
utdocr cafes.
Improvement is needed in the cooperation between the zoo and
m that controls the science room in the Primate House.

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members could conduct tours, give free lectures, and take animals

s an endless list of ways to promote more

the educational aspect of the zoo.
he goo is lacking in imagination. An example of h could
; worked into the present physical setup to make it more attractive is


racaws to the planted areas of the Primate House, and small
wovld do very well in the waterfall s of the Feline House.
One receives the impression of always being indoors. Relatively
inexpensive outside cages could be built to house the common monkeys and

marmials. Landscape walks across from the bears could pass through

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

with the advantage of the southern weather, outside plants and animals

the overall appearance of the zoo more delightrv
sh the zoo is limited in total
ould be made to give
The Atlanta Zoo has a vast potential; with the correct

backing of the society and city, the zoo could


munity -— both as a cultural and recreational center.

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