NANFA-- Pre or post conference

Nicholas J. Zarlinga (
Tue, 7 Aug 2001 00:36:56 -0400

It may be a little late in coming but let me extend a general invitation to
anyone who might be passing through the Cleveland area to come and visit
the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on your way to/from the conference. Cleveland
is only a 2 to 3 hour drive from Hocking Hills and only 2 hours from
Columbus, straight north on Interstate 71 (so you really can't get lost!).
Here at the zoo you will see our Wolf Wilderness exhibit which is an
outdoor yard that contains five timber wolves with a 65,000 gallon outdoor
pond with underwater viewing. The pond contains two beaver and a host of
native fish: lg m bass, bluegill (very large!), bowfin, yellow perch,
crappie, northern pike, musky, flathead catfish (growing!), channel
catfish, bullhead, longnose gar, white suckers, and a resident paddlefish.
Also among the exhibit is a "wetlands" area which has grass pickerel,
longear sunfish, pumpkinseed, golden shiners, creekchubs, miscellaneous
turtle species and frogs, and massassauga and timber rattlers. It is a
rather nice exhibit, if I do say so myself, set around a 19th century
trappers log cabin with lots of things for the kids to see. There is also
an aquatics section at the zoo which contains many different species of
aquatic animals. Then of course there are all of the warm and fuzzy things
that you need to have in a zoo: gorillas, elephants, girraffes, etc.
Enough said about them, they are the same where ever you go! If you think
that you would be able to make it, contact me off list and we can arrange
your visit. I will also be at the conference, leaving Thursday night and
returning to work on the Monday after. See you in the hills or at the zoo.

Nick Zarlinga
Aquarium Biologist
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
216-661-6500 ex 4485

"Fish worship... is it wrong??" (Ray Troll)

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