Animal advocates push six ‘relatively inexpensive’ ways to improve zoo 

On top of considering whether The City should ban the selling of small pets, the Commission of Animal Control and Welfare on Thursday will also consider suggesting that the zoo make a few improvements.

The agenda states the commission will discuss and possibly approve sending a letter to both the zoo and the Board of Supervisors with six “relatively inexpensive” ways to make it better for their furry, and not so furry, friends.

Here they are:

  1. Expand and improve the Baird’s tapir exhibit into a neighboring empty exhibit by creating an opening in the wall between the two exhibits to give the tapir more space and access to a second pool.
  2. Relocate solitary giant eland to a more appropriate facility where he can join a herd social structure.
  3. Expand the black rhino exhibit into the giant eland exhibit once the eland is relocated.
  4. Expand the black rhino exhibit into the empty adjacent hippo exhibit to provide more space for the rhinos.
  5. Create full-flight aviaries for all birds at the zoo.
  6. Commit to only taking in rescued exotic birds for all future acquisitions.

The meeting is in City Hall, Room 408 at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

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