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Brother … Can You Spare a Dime?

30 Apr

This just in. The world famous Bronx Zoo is laying off…

Critters.

Yeah... And the recruiter promised me "3 Hots and a Cot" too!

Yeah... And the recruiter promised me "3 Hots and a Cot" too!

According to an article in WalletPop – Animals and money: Bronx Zoo lays off hundreds of ‘unpopular’ animals

Hundreds of the furry guys are getting the axe.

The Bronx Zoo, the largest city zoo in the country, is facing a $15 million shortfall, and so hundreds of animals are being evicted.

It’s a real loss. The 114-year-old zoo, run by the Wildlife Conservation Society, is getting rid of animals based partly on which ones are popular with its 2.1 million annual visitors. That means four exhibits and a whole slew of rare animals are on the chopping block (only figuratively — don’t worry). Unique creatures like the Arabian oryx and blesbok, two types of antelope, must go. In fact, the zoo’s whole Rare Animal Range will soon go, as will foxes, deer, and the guanaco, a relation of the llama. More common animals like elephants and giraffes can stay because kids like them.

And thus, by catering to popularity, a zoo gets dumbed down, hampering its educational mandate.

The 5 little guys above are a species called Night Monkeys, or dourocoulis.  They average about 2.5 lbs – and are really small.

You know it’s bad …

When the Zoo fires the animals.

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2009 in You Know It's Bad When...

 

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