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Great Zoos of the World


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4: Tucson, Arizona
A grand tour of some of the world's outstanding zoos with Anthony Smith
Set in the cactus landscape familiar as a backdrop to countless Western films, the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum reflects a current trend in the zoo world towards specialisation. Started as recently as 1952, this is a living museum that shows only the wild-life of the desert.
That people generally hate snakes is an established fact, but every year a quarter of a million people go there and bravely gaze, through glass, at the world's most complete collection of desert reptiles, cleverly displayed in ' living dioramas.'
An underground tunnel gives a close-up view of the kit-fox, the North American badger, and other animals that burrow to escape the daytime heat. And there are one or two surprises, for even in a desert the otter finds somewhere to swim.
This really is a Desert Zoo that blends with its surroundings even to the extent that some of the exhibits are volunteers who find the softer living in the enclosures preferable to the rugged life outside.
Produced by BARRY PAINE
Series editor NICHOLAS CROCKER (from Bristol)


Unknown: Anthony Smith
Produced By: Barry Paine
Unknown: Nicholas Crocker

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Great Zoos of the World

BBC Two England, 29 August 1970 19.45

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