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City leader suggests NM animals for zoo

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I would like to propose consideration of a zoo that exhibits animals native to New Mexico. This would be comprehensive collection that provides a resource of animals including rodents, and small aquariums of the type of fish in New Mexico waters with information on the nature of these animals and where they can be found.

A collection of animals only indigenous to New Mexico should be relatively cheap. New Mexico Game and Fish would likely be a resource, as well as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, for help to acquire wildlife and provide details.

A New Mexico collection like this would eliminate exotic African and foreign animals that require expensive habitats. New Mexico wildlife would be cheaper and easier to provide a natural environment.

If fully developed, the zoo would be a resource for students studying wildlife management and a resource for anyone wanting information about wildlife in their neighborhood or around the state. And wildlife education for students.

Once developed, this could provide an attraction for visitors to our state. A closer relationship with the BItter Lake National Wildlife Refuge would provide further resources and may complete a comprehensive exhibit of wildlife of New Mexico.

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Ralph Fresquez
Roswell