Mugivan City Zoo 8-17-1966
City Gets Loan Of -Small Zoo There are new residents in tfhe old bear cage at Deming Park — a 300-pound female black bear and a 650-pound black male. The third member »£ Hie family, a cub, is presently appearing in an exhibit at Indianapolis, but will join the family here at a later date. The animals are on loan to the Terre Haute Park Department from Norval Pickett, a Brazil businessman and former Clay County sheriff. Park Superintendent Jack Watson said it is hoped the bears will provide an attraction to park visitors, but admitted they are going to present lots of problems. A special fence must be constructed around the existing pens to keep youngsters back from the animals and the top of the cages are being fenced over. Watson has asked visitors not to tease the bears and not to throw things at them or in the cages. For people wondering what happened to the alligators that used to live in the old bear cage, it was revealed they have been traded for additional monkeys for the monkey house. In the late 1920's the city had (fee start of a municipal zoo at the park when Mr. and Mrs. Edward Kraemer, local residents, donated two bears, June and Teddy, to the city. At the feme of Teddy's death a few years later it was discovered he was literally eaten alive by lice. In 1926, Jerry Mugivan, a former Terre Haute resident, and at that time president of the American Circus Corporation, donated two lions to the city, but tie city could not provide funds for their feed and utter several years the lions were given to a zoo at Michigan City.