Posted By Jeff Hoyt On June 29, 2010 @ 5:21 pm In Jeff Hoyt,San Diego | No Comments
by Jeff Hoyt
Do politics belong at the zoo? Like Oscar winners giving their acceptance speeches, when you’re one of the world’s best, I guess you’re not afraid to speak out at the risk of alienating your audience.
So in addition to their habitat and a few neutral exhibits like a faux snow den in which kids can crawl around, the zoo also shows maps that show changes to ice in the Arctic over the last two decades, and a large carbon dioxide graph. The message is even stronger in the online world, where kids can check out the polarcam to watch the zoo bears live, then create their own Polar Bear SOS fundraising page to help save more animals.
There have reportedly been a few complaints, but it doesn’t seem to be hurting business. The line to see the giant panda bears—endangered due to forest and bamboo patch destruction—was quite long despite the rainy weather on the day of our last visit. Our favorite complaint/suggestion was, not surprisingly, posted on a Fox News blog: “Why don’t they shave out ‘Stop Global Warming’ lettering in the bear’s fur?”
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