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Letter: Buffalo zoo’s progress recalls happy memories

Buffalo zoo’s progress recalls happy memories

The Buffalo Zoo recently invited me to visit and help launch the public appeal for their Amphibian & Reptile Center (ARC) renovation. I was delighted to accept.

My father, Marlin Perkins, was director of the zoo many years ago, and the historic Reptile House was built in 1942 under his leadership. In addition to touring the impressive zoo, I enjoyed seeing Buffalo’s historic architecture and art, for example, in City Hall and the Martin House.

Seeing my childhood home near the zoo brought back many happy memories. I came away with a real feeling for the vibrancy and excitement in Buffalo with its diverse and thriving neighborhoods.

It was a special pleasure to meet and hear Mayor Brown relate, when he was growing up, watching my father’s television show “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom.” Hearing his, and others’ stories about my father’s influence on their careers, brought back fond memories of the two of us going behind the scenes and handling snakes in the Reptile House.

My father would have been very proud, as I am, of the zoo’s development of its conservation programs to meet the changing role of the care of animals. I am happy and proud to have played even a small role in the Amphibian & Reptile Center renovation and encourage the Buffalo community to join in to complete the important ARC project at the Reptile House.

Suzanne Perkins-Gordon

Berkeley, Calif.

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