Letters - January 17, 2013

Ecstatic keepers at Blackpool Zoo have really earned their stripes after becoming the first UK team to successfully breed a Hartmann's Mountain Zebra in the last nine years.'The adorable foal is also the first of its species to arrive in the whole of Europe in 2011, with just 12 born around the globe in 2010.'Named Tebogo, a South African name which means 'we are thankful', by keepers, he takes the number of Hartmann's Mountain Zebras in captivity in the UK to 14.
Ecstatic keepers at Blackpool Zoo have really earned their stripes after becoming the first UK team to successfully breed a Hartmann's Mountain Zebra in the last nine years.'The adorable foal is also the first of its species to arrive in the whole of Europe in 2011, with just 12 born around the globe in 2010.'Named Tebogo, a South African name which means 'we are thankful', by keepers, he takes the number of Hartmann's Mountain Zebras in captivity in the UK to 14.
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I VISITED Blackpool Zoo for the first time last year.

I was very impressed with the layout and the condition of the animals.

Possibly Zoos are not the perfect environment for the animals, though there is always the policy of improving them, but animals are far more adaptable than PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) (Letters, January 14) would give them credit for.

I am particularly fond of tigers and it is nonsense to suggest that by supporting zoos people are not aware of the real issues facing these magnificent creatures. One problem, of course, is the loss of natural habitat by relentless human development.

Another is the continued use by Asian countries of elephant, rhino and tigers for supposed medicinal purposes.

Only last week we were shown the slaughter of a family of elephants for their tusks.

Zoos are not the answer to these problems but meanwhile, at least the animals are safe and not being shot.

It would take real courage to try and deal with the continued slaughter of wildlife and habitat, particularly the rainforests.

Far easier for PETA to pick on zoos which provide an educational role, giving details of the threats, and do care for the animals.

Remember PETA is an organisation which would close all zoos, stop Crufts, certainly the Grand National and ultimately pets.

They do not believe in eating or wearing animals. I only hope their plastic shoes do not come from China.

JOHN JUDGE

Oxford Road, Blackpool

REGARDING the demise of the Syndicate, if no-one wanted it at auction, that says it all.

It would cost millions to do anything with it. The mega-club scene has finished, and ideas such as an entertainment museum are non-starters.

If the council charged to go in, they wouldn’t meet staffing costs. I’m sorry, but people wouldn’t spend their holiday cash.

If no charge was made, people would complain about rates increases.

Regarding a conference centre, it’s in the wrong area with regard to parking etc, and again would cost serious money to make it viable. Saying that, in the past we had some memorable nights at the Hippodrome and ABC.

I well remember waiting, along with thousands outside to see a glimpse of The Beatles, looking out of their high up dressing room windows after being mesmerised by the Fab Four on stage a little earlier.

BARRY LAW

St Walburga’s Road

Blackpool

I WOULD like to say thank you to staff at Booths on Highfield Road, South Shore, for attending to me when I had a slight accident outside the store on Friday, January 4.

They were very kind to me and dressed my leg.

Thank you. It was very much appreciated.

MRS MARGARET HARGREAVES

Blackpool