April 9 - Paris readies to open the doors of its new state of the art zoo. Sharon Reich reports.
It's the zoo of the future ... Animals of different species living together in harmony. That's the vision of the new Paris Zoo, which is getting ready to open its doors. SOUNDBITE: Thomas Grenon, Head of the French national history museum, saying (English): "We have imagined what is the 21st century zoo and this new concept of zoo it's a travel, it's a travel around the world, it's a travel around bio-diversities." On their journey, visitors will encounter 1,000 animals housed as they would naturally be in different regions of the world, including Patagonia, the Sahel-Sudan plain, Europe, and tropical regions like Madagascar and Guyana. SOUNDBITE: Thomas Grenon, Head of the French national history museum, saying (English): "The animals will live together in their nature, in their natural environment. This is very special for the visitor the concept is immersion so the visitor should forget that he is in Paris, he is in travel, in travel around the world." There's so much to see here, but it looks like the giraffes will enjoy elevated status. They were the only animals who stuck out their necks, and stayed put while the zoo was being rebuilt.