The Racine Journal-Times Sunday Bulletin from Racine, Wisconsin on July 25, 1965 · Page 10
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The Racine Journal-Times Sunday Bulletin from Racine, Wisconsin · Page 10

Racine, Wisconsin
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Sunday, July 25, 1965
Page 10
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RACINE SUNDAY lULLETIN Suncfay, /uty 25, T96S —Journal-Times Photos By Charles S. Vallone Well See You Today at Safari Day There are hundreds of faces in the crowd of animals at the Racine Zoo, but no elephants. When die 1923 chairman of the board of park commissioners, Jacob Stoffel Jr., acquired a small plot of land in Island Park for a zoo that year he had only three monkeys purchased from the Madison Zoo. By the fall of that year he had acquired two Virginia deer, two badgers, two gray foxes and two Rocky Mountain goats which, unfortunately, turned out to be common, garden variety goats. But that winter a zoological society was organized to work with the Park Commission in securing replacements and new exhibits, and the zoo began to grow. In 1924 homeowners near tlie zoo petitioned the city to move it, calling it a nuisance. So in June of 1925 the zoo was moved to its present site in Lakeview Park. The exhibits grew rapidly and today the zoo has 540 specimens j ^eprescnting 180 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, invertebrates and tropical fish with a value of ^39,500. But no elephants. Plans for an elephant house have been discussed for many years and expenditures for one have been placed in the zoo budget only to be taken out when other needs pressed. Tentative plans still call for a ^136,000 semi-circular elephant house to be located east of the park's zoo pond. "The elephant," plans say, "will be behind glass, holding odor to a minimum." In 1960 the first Safari Day was organized to raise funds for zoo renovation in general, and an elephant house in particular. The reasons have remained the same for five years and visitors to today's Safari Day will still be contributing to that long-awaited elephant house. Long-range plans for the zoo also call for a sea lion and otter exhibit, a miniature train around the park, a new concession stand, a plaza, a pheasant house, a children's zoo, a pigeon and large bird exhibit, wolf and coyote runs and alterations of some present exhibits. But it all costs money, and Only about 10 of the nation's 132 public zoos are open to the public at no charge, and last year 270,000 persons took advantage of the open doors at the Racine Zoo. Besides, said Zoo Director Emit Rokosky, shown with friends in the montage above, the animals appreciate visitors. "Without visitors," he said, "animals, especially the monkeys, get lonely. Visitors help to break up their day." And to that the zoo's lion, Monte, adds his seal of approval and welcome to Safari Day: 11. SO —Safari Day. t •I

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