Betty White and a Snake Zoo. What Could Go Wrong?
The Los Angeles Zoo has been quite the flurry of activity over the last few months. Their new $2.5 million carousel opened last October, giving the zoo a more festive feel and driving revenue toward conservation. Then the zoo opened its new $42 million Elephants of Asia exhibit last December, irking radical animal rights activists and delighting pretty much everybody else.
Now the LA Zoo is unveiling another huge new exhibit. This time it's a reptile house dubbed LAIR (Living Amphibian, Invertebrates, and Reptiles) that they've been working on for years. The building will be home to over 60 species: snakes, frogs, lizards, and iguanas. There's even going to be an underwater viewing area.
The LA Zoo page in-progress adds that you can also expect Komodo dragons, Chinese alligators, false gavials, Burmese, and star tortoises. Those specific animalsvalued in excess of $750,000were seized from a smuggler by the US Fish & Wildlife Service. They're going to be added to what was already one of the rarest reptile collections in North America. Quote: "the entire confiscation was placed in the care of the Los Angeles Zoo because of the agency’s high regard for our professional animal care staff and the quality of care provided."
Look for animal lover and long-time zoo supporter Betty White to start appearing in LAIR ads immediately, and for the new exhibit to open on March 8.
[Photo: LA Zoo]