A Preventable Tragedy in Ohio

I’ve been following the news about the exotic animal release—and subsequent killing—in Ohio this week. It’s a tragedy, compounded by the fact that it should never have happened.

The facility in which the big cats, bears and baboons were housed was not a professionally managed zoo—nor was it an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) facility—but rather a private residence. 
 
It goes without saying that AZA institutions have high levels of security and well-established emergency procedures. It’s also common knowledge that wild animals do not make good pets. Housing wild creatures is harmful to the owners, the animals, and in extreme cases such as the one we witnessed this week, a threat to the entire community. 
 
Lincoln Park Zoo supports strict regulations that prevent private ownership of dangerous animals as pets, and it is our hope that the State of Ohio will adopt such regulations.  
 
On a sweeter note, we here at Lincoln Park Zoo are gearing up for Spooky Zoo Spectacular on Saturday, when local children will haunt zoo grounds learning fun facts about animals, making crafts and trick-or-treating. If you’ve got young ones or are simply young at heart, I invite you to join us for this silly, spooky, free event. 
 
As always, I’ll keep you posted.
 
Sincerely,
Kevin Bell  

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