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- Apr 11, 2007
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You all know I have a website where I take pictures of zoos. For the most part we have found public zoos to be professionally run, the animals well kept and healthy. We have also found that zoos that have inadequate caging that are in the process of improving as quickly as they can.
And then, occasionally, we come to zoos that are, frankly, houses of horror.
Here is an example of one of these.
Clay Center KS is an absolutely horrible zoo.
We knew this before we went there. We actually drove to this zoo to use it as an illustration on our website of how NOT to run a zoo. The cages are small, inadequate and generally completely bare. Most of the animals live their entire lives in total isolation in a cement floored pen with no enrichment whatever.
This zoo is run, believe it or not, by the local power company (people who, obviously, have no idea how a zoo should be run). Not only are the cages inadequate, but they are unsafe for visitors. We saw children leaning over fences feeding WOLVES for heavens sake (pictured, I blurred the faces to protect the ignorant). Let me be PERFECTLY clear, there are pictures here of OTHER people baiting/feeding the animals, we had NOTHING to do with that... we just took pictures of what was going on there.
This facility should be closed immediately... if you are in Northeast Kansas and want to go to a zoo, for goodness sake drive to Manhattan and avoid the awful Clay Center Zoo at all costs.
Somebody LET ME OUT!
This poor bear lives in a cage too small for it to even walk around in, with nothing but concrete and steel.
Pictures from last summer, I am just getting organized for the new year and I was sorting through last year's stuff and looking at this horrible little zoo made me mad all over again.