No actual details have been given yet, but they do own a comparable amount of land to PKI. But reading into it they seem to want to do a more realistic experience for the animals, and visitors. I'm seeing something like BGT without coasters and rides on the property. But, it was mentioned that they want to keep daily attendance low, (now I'm thinking Discovery Cove @ Sea World Orlando).
Anyway, thought I'd pass this along. They're looking at 2010 as an opening. Will this be a plus for PKI in your minds? Do you think CZ will eventually, down the road take on a BGT concept and add rides? These are just thoughts going through my head.
Besides, I guess I'm one who believes that the Cincinnati Zoo should be in... well... Cincinnati. Might as well call it the Cincinnati Zoo and Botannical Gardens of Mason. Rank that one right up there with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
*** Edited 5/23/2005 3:26:56 PM UTC by Danimales***
But taking care of the animals is the most important thing and I would like to see some larger habitats for them.
I'm not really familiar enough with the area to get a good idea where the zoo's 528 acres are in relation to PKI...
Joel *** Edited 5/23/2005 3:58:03 PM UTC by JZarley***
Someone beat me to it, but the article clearly states that this would not replace the existing zoo. Rather, it would act as a sattelite facility. Since well over half of the zoo's annual passholder live in the Mason area, it's a great idea.
I would suspect that the land may be that next to King's Island where the former Kings Mills Outlet Mall used to be located. Probably the vacant lands behind that and along the I-71 corridoor. Or it may be that located down Kings Mills Road near the Golf Center.
Imagine a more safari type area, that would enable larger animals to roam more freely, while guests could be "trucked" out to see them. Very cool, very BGT.
For years KI operated the Wild Animal Habitat very successfully. It closed only when Paramount took over and corprorate decided that revenue was not worth the investment it was to require for an overhaul.
Bottom line, the zoo would protect some of the lands that housing developments are clamoring for around the park. This would help create a destination... which I am all for... and would help thwart more residential develpmental plans near the park.
More power to them. As far as the zoo's current location their continually trying to improve it. In the last couple of years they've really focused on the giants of Africa area, (Elephants, Giraffes, ect.). Now, they've moved across the street near the old entrance. I've got no idea what they have in the works, could just be additional parking for all I know.
But, having been to every major zoo for about 200+ miles, I have to say competition is fierce! Cincy has to do something to keep from slipping too far behind. Columbus, Cleveland, Toledo, Louisville, and Indianapolis ALL having projects either nearing completion, or in the works. And they all are doing things to preserve & prolong the animals futures.
Floorless Fan said:But reading into it they seem to want to do a more realistic experience for the animals, and visitors. I'm seeing something like BGT without coasters and rides on the property.
More like AK, it has the realistic experience and no rides! :D
Also, Floorless, what's Cleveland's current plan, a replacement for the bird building? I miss the bird building..... :(
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