The Abilene Zoo, which is located in none other than Abilene, Texas, is home to a variety of different animals from a variety of different places. The land that it originally stood on was purchased in 1914 and was originally a park. In 1919, the park became a zoo and it expanded. After the Parks and Recreation Board was formed, it went from being a governing board to a policy-making board. Because of this, the Parks and Recreation Board had to form a committee to figure out how to handle the expansion of the Abilene Zoo. Eventually, they made the recommendation to move the Abilene Zoological Gardens to where it is located today.
Today, the Abilene Zoo has a variety of programs for both people and animals of all ages. From the moment people set foot into the zoo to the moment they leave, efforts are being made to preserve animals, their habitats, and their lifestyles. In fact, according to the website, “ a quarter of each gate admission goes towards animal conservation projects!”
One of the types of animals that the Abilene zoo helps is giraffes. According to the website, not only have the giraffes gone extinct in seven countries, but that one of the two subspecies of giraffes that can be found in the Abilene Zoo has an overall population of less than 5,000. The other subspecies has a population a little over 1,000. As a result, those giraffes are part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plans. On top of that, the Abilene Zoo is heavily involved in the preservation of giraffes and supports the Giraffe Conservation Foundation.
In addition to the endangered giraffe species, the black-footed ferret, one of the most endangered mammals, is protected and conserved at the Abilene Zoo. For more information about Abilene Zoo and its programs visit https://abilenezoo.org/.
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