Standing alone in a small enclosure, a year-old Asian bull elephant named Billy seems oblivious to the two dozen schoolchildren who press against a chain-link fence to get a closer look.
He bobs his massive head up and down and transfers his considerable weight from one side to the other. His trunk unfurls toward the blue plastic cylinder that has been provided for him to play with. Occasionally Billy lumbers over to another part of the yard--his massive gray body, wrinkled skin and billowy, fanlike ears intimidating yet at the same time irresistible.
Some of the kids have never been this close to a real, live elephant, and their gasps and laughter convey the consensus: he's cool!
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But to animal-rights activists, animal-behavior experts and even some zoo officials, Billy's situation is very uncool. In the wild, elephants roam as much as 30 miles a day, snacking on lush foliage, bathing in water holes and interacting socially with other elephants in groups of up to Our birds are really intelligent and very happy to prove that to you at our Close Encounter in the Display Arena. Attend this talk to find out how many species of lemur there are and why they are originate from just one small island off the coast of Africa. How would you describe big cats?
Cute, awesome, cuddly, scary — there are so many descriptions, but many of them are very apt. We'll also shed light on some of the problems they're facing in the wild. As an extra safety precaution during some of our busier days, we will have an increased security presence on site and will be carrying out random bag checks.
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