Over the last few months, I have been reading with interest about the Buffalo Zoo -- another grand plan for Western New York gone by the wayside.
The Delaware Park group does not want to relinquish any part of the park for the zoo. Delaware area residents don't want the zoo to move because of the uncertainty of what will or will not move into its vacated place. The waterfront people don't want the zoo there because of the traffic problems that a new zoo would create in their area.
Now we are hearing from Crandall Drive residents who don't want to give up eight acres of land north of the zoo. This is all in addition to the stance of our local politicians, who refuse to accept an offer of land in Niagara County.
I think everyone is forgetting one very important thing -- what has to be done should be done in the best interest of the zoo animals, and nothing else. Going to the Buffalo Zoo is like visiting a prison, with everyone doing hard time.
There is no doubt that it would be a very expensive proposition to relocate and build a new zoo, although quite possibly it could be done for a lot less than the estimate. Our local politicians don't seem to have any problem justifying building a new convention center. The zoo is used by the public all year, children as well as adults, and not just during a few days of the year as is a convention center.
You can improve the current zoo all you want, but the fact remains that there is not enough land to properly house or to naturally display our zoo animals in the current location.
GREGORY N. SCHOEMANN