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ThurdMMAT U. 1X1 . THI TINNC$CK 3'D- Nashville Zo ! H o 6roars9 T" ... A - open -- - - .... - lor oig Compound features exotic animals, tours By CATHY STRAIGHT Slqff Wrilrr PLEASANT VIEW The piercing screech coming from the cougars' area sounded like a cry for help but turned out to be a call for love. 1 "We have four cougars, and It's their mating season. We expect to have baby cougars soon," said Sherry Powell, marketing director of the Nashville Zoo. ; Zoo officials are expecting much more than baby cougars with the opening of the 135-acre compound. This weekend's grand opening shows off only the first phase of what's to come. ; "There's still 85 more acres to develop. We have the potential to be one of the largest zoos In the country," Powell said. That's not to say the zoo has nothing to offer now. Visitors can learn a lot at the new compound, like how to tell a scream from a cougar's pitching woo. Whether by guided tour or meander, there's a lot to see, do and learn at the new zoo. An Australian black swan is scheduled to greet patrons on opening day and every day from the Kol fish pond. Visitors can then enter the Valley of the Cats where they can eavesdrop on the amorous cougars and also check out four Siberian lynx and two snow leopards. No matter where you walk In the Nashville Zoo, you're bound to run into an exotic animal of some kind, but it may take a sharp eye to find them. ; "Often times you have to physically look for the animals because there's so much open space here," said Richard Schwartz, zoo director. The plan Is to make the animals look and feel as natural as possible, considering they are in a zoo. ' "We take advantage of what's here naturally," Schwartz said of the zoo's location, which Is on the outskirts of Nashville In Cheatham County. The design of the zoo will promote a natural lifestyle for the animals so that 30 giggling third-graders don't disrupt mating, eating or playtime, Schwartz said. Most of the zoo's 300-plus animal community came from other zoos around the country and more are on the way. Zoos, such as the San Diego Zoo In California, Join in the activities Th Nashville Zoo officially open Its gate Saturday with music, traditional ribbon cutting and special activities. A Boy Scout flag ceremony will start the day at 10 a.m. Saturday, followed at 1 p.m. by the WSlX June Jam talent March. Throughout the day until 5 p.m. visitors can see clowns, participate In the Name the Siberian Lynx Cub Contest and other events. The fun continues Sunday. Zoo hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day and 10 a.rrt-5 p.m. during the rest of the year. Admission Is $5 for adults and $3 for children (free for children younger than 3). To get to the zoo take 1-24 west to exit 31 (New Hope Road). Tum left on New Hope Road; turn right on Hwy. 4 1-A, and then follow the Nashville Zoo signs. have no qualms about lending animals to up-and-coming zoos for breeding or exhibit purposes, Schwartz said. "We just got in six leopards last night," Schwartz said last week. "And next week we'll be getting some primates from the San Diego Zoo. "Zoos used to be more competitive," Powell added, "but because so many species are endangered now, most of the zoos across the country work together." The Nashville Zoo has been open since March, but animals and exhibits have been added almost dally In preparation for this weekend's grand opening. Visitors will see African Hons, Egyptian geese, Sicilian pygmy donkeys, zebras, a giraffe and Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs all of which have been slowly acclimated to the sight of gawking human beings. Last week the animals in the petting zoo, including the pot-bellied pigs, goats, deer and monkeys, seemed perfectly happy with all the attention being spread by visitors. "I didn't think they would be that friendly," said Sammy Turner, 11, of Nashville, as he bottle-fed one of the goats. It takes about two hours to see all the zoo has to offer, Powell said. It's open year-round. Visitors can help name the newborn female Siberian Lynx cub, top, during opening weekend at the Nashville Zoo. The new compound has more than 300 animals, including two giraffes, far right, and a ring-tail Lemur, right. Rkky Rocers Staff 7T I V:Mi-r'7--':y . ' .' & " ' . ' 1 v m . t i if i V; .: 'i ! '' ' I mil m nil llin.lll II I I m - J - -ii I j i ii Information on wildlife right at your finger tips I tmm ' The past 15 years have seen a tremendous Increase in interest in urban wildlife, in restoring native species and in planting gardens that attract specific animals, be they butterflies, birds or bats. ; With this expanded interest have come dozens of wonderful publications to help people plan their backyard habitat properly. Listed below is a sampler of resources, some local and some national. Even If you aren't Interested yourself, some of these books can make great presents for friends or relatives with a penchant for wildlife. The first place to turn Is your own state government Every state has a department that is responsible for wildlife. Washington state's is called the Washington Department of Wildlife, pretty basic. Minnesota's is the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. In Texas, try the Department of Parks and Wildlife. In the past, these groups focused almost entirely on game animals, such as waterfowl, of value to hunters. More recently, many states have developed programs to nurture nongame species loons and bluebirds and so on. Look In the government section of your phone book, call and ask for pamphlets on nongame wildlife. The National Institute for Urban Wildlife, 10921 Trotting Ridge Way, Columbia, Md. 21044, publishes A Guide to Urban Wildlife Management, the Urban Wildlife Manager's Notebook series and other booklets designed to help you attract and manage urban wildlife. Write for a publications list. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources sells two books that are of value to any habitat gardener in northern climes. These are Landscaping for Wildlife, $8.95, and Woodworking for Wildlife, $3.95, which includes nest box and platform designs for mice, bats, squirrels and dozens of species of birds. You can get both books for $10.95, plus $1.50 for postage. To order, send a check to Minnesota's Bookstore, 117 University Avenue, St Paul, Minn. 55155. The National Wildflower Research Center Clearinghouse, 2600 FM 973 North, Austin, Tex. 78725, offers The Wildflower Handbook, $9.95 plus $3 shipping. For $2, the center will send you aJist of wild-flowers for your state" as well as pamphlets on habitat restoration. An important consideration: Buy r V. McGrath T. -. COMMENTARY wildflowers that were raised from seeds, not that you or the vendor took from the wild. Commercial trade in wild plants has pushed some species to near-extinction. Two safe sources of seeds are: Clyde Robin Seed Company, 3670 Enterprise Ave., Hayward, Calif. 94545, and Prairie Nursery, P.O. Box 306, Westfield, Wis. 53964. Both companies' catalogues carry collected and nursery-propagated wild-plant seeds. Another good way to find information Is to browse through a good bookstore. Many arboretums, botanical gardens and zoos have good bookstores, as do wild bird supply stores, garden centers, etc. These bookstores may carry or know of publications that speak to local vegetation and animals. For example, garden stores on Long Island, in New York, may carry Karen Blumer's book Long Island Native Plants for Landscaping: A Source Book. (This is also available by sending $12.95 to Growing Wild Publications, P.O. Box 275, Brook-haven, N.Y. 11719. Order a copy for your uncle back in Bridgehamp-ton.) The National Audubon Society has 515 local chapters around the country. To find one near you, write the National Audubon Society, Membership Department, 950 Third Ave., New York, N.Y. 10022. Your local chapter may well have published localized urban habitat materials. For example, the Cape May, N.J., Audubon Chapter distributes Backyard Habitat for Birds, A Guide for Landowners and Communities in New Jersey. There is plenty of material out there for the habitat gardener. And if you want to chat with others, the Institute for Urban Wildlife and the National Wildlife Federation maintain databases that can help you locate like-minded types. Good luck with your gardens! Susan McGrath is a syndicated columnist. Designer and Famous-Name a r i i SALE STARTS THURSDAY! No other linen sale can stack up to Tuesday Morning's Designer and Famous-Name Linen Sale! We offer one of the largest selections of first-quality, famous-maker linens ana never sell seconds or irregulars. Plus, our prices are deeply discounted 50 to 80 off everything. Hurry in for best selection! Save $40 to $137 On 200-Thread Count 100 Cotton Designer Sheet Sets. A luxurious 200-thread count gives these first-quality sheet sets added softness. Set includes fitted sheet, flat sheet and pillowcases (twin has 1 pillowcase). Many patterns to choose from. CLOSEOUT $7Q99 SETS $39.99 sets $49.99 sets $59.99 sets Designer accessories to complete your ensemble! 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