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08/02/13 at 01:09am in Jack Hanna's Wild Reserve (Latest Edit: 10/02/13 at 06:08pm by Shane.)
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09/17/13 at 02:00am in Jack Hanna's Wild Reserve
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Otis was out being introduced to guests on Friday. I thought this picture turned out pretty well.

   

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03/17/14 at 08:38am in Jack Hanna's Wild Reserve (Latest Edit: 03/17/14 at 09:21am by Mushroom.)
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There are a few signs around some of the animal encounters in the area telling you to go to "BGW.com" for more information. Yes, really.

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03/17/14 at 11:54am in Jack Hanna's Wild Reserve (Latest Edit: 03/17/14 at 11:59am by chickenking.)
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A beautiful Eagle Owl chillin' on a cold day. See how she puffs up her feathers to stay warm...


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03/18/14 at 11:42am in Jack Hanna's Wild Reserve
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As I've mentioned before, we had a cabana for Pass Member Preview Day, so we were based right in the middle of the Wild Reserve. The park did an amazing job with the animal exhibits, in my opinion. I think we managed to see them all, because of our periodic treks back to the cabana. The serval and lemurs were a huge highlight for me on Saturday. But all of the birds and even the rat they had out were great, as well. The serval's personal story will make you very angry, however. (We spent a fair amount of time talking with the trainer at his exhibit.)

I have mentioned in the past that BGW needs to add more animal exhibits, and I think maybe this year they are moving in that direction. Once the Irish Setters are old enough to be in the show, the Collies will be back at the stables, according to the trainer we were talking to Saturday morning. And if the other rumors are true, it sounds as if there will be several more animal exhibits, as well.

I for one am very excited to see more animals at BGW.

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03/18/14 at 12:42pm in Jack Hanna's Wild Reserve
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Heres the thing, I have made it clear earlier on, I really despise having many animal exhibits. I mean I personally feel like they break the theme, unless it is of course animals that fit into the hamlet. For example, the Wild Reserve kills me because it has nothing to do with Europe. It's technically not in Ireland and it's not in France. It is a hamlet based on being a zoo. That is one thing that sets BGW apart from the rest of the parks. It does not need to rely on animals and if anything it shouldn't. SeaWorld and BGT's themes naturally lend themselves to having animals. BGW's European theme does not.

With that said, there are animals they can incorporate into the theme like the Scottish Cattle, Irish Setters, Caribou or Reindeer (I'd really like to see these last two). Those are animals that can fit into the theme and everything flows. But adding animals for the sake of having animals is going to turn the park into a zoo rather than keeping it a theme park about Europe.

Personally, like I said, I don't like the Wild Reserve theme. It just doesn't fit with the park. The only reason I tolerate it and I can find joy in the Wild Reserve is because it gives a chance for the park to advertise their conservation message and image.

With that, I still would rather see something else fit into that area, with better signage throughout the park and animal exhibits that fit into the village themes. For example, why not put the wolves over by Curse of DarKastle? Having a wolf exhibit across from a wolf-based dark ride would fit better. There is plenty of space for an exhibit next to Der Marketplatz across from the Airbrush Studio.

I know I am one to challenge the theme of many things, but I am sure there are others that fully agree with me on this. You can fight and argue, call me a hypocrite but this is something that is just too much looseness for me. I don't want to see animals just because their cute and cuddly. I want to see animals that fit their hamlet themes. Also, I am there for rides and shows, not animals. The park is not a zoo.
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03/18/14 at 12:56pm in Jack Hanna's Wild Reserve (Latest Edit: 03/18/14 at 01:31pm by Nicole.)
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We will have to agree to disagree. I am there for rides and animals and avoid the shows.

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03/18/14 at 03:44pm in Jack Hanna's Wild Reserve
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Alright Nic, I'm gonna have to ask. You can answer wherever you want, but what's with all the hate for the shows? Winking

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03/18/14 at 03:48pm in Jack Hanna's Wild Reserve
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They are cheesy and annoy me.

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03/18/14 at 04:05pm in Jack Hanna's Wild Reserve
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I wouldn't describe Celtic Fyre as "cheesy."

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03/18/14 at 04:08pm in Jack Hanna's Wild Reserve
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I don't expect y'all to agree with me. Arts are subjective. My experience at BG shows are universally negative.

Why does it matter? I'm not on a mission to have them stopped. In fact, I rarely comment on the show discussions, because I have nothing positive to add. I just don't spend my time at the park at the shows. I have fun doing other things, like chatting with the serval trainer.

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03/18/14 at 04:13pm in Jack Hanna's Wild Reserve
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As that is a personal question, I suggest taking it to PM. This is a topic for Jack Hanna's Wild Reserve.

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03/18/14 at 04:13pm in Jack Hanna's Wild Reserve (Latest Edit: 03/18/14 at 04:14pm by Mushroom.)
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Oh no, you're fine. I was genuinely curious. I respect that opinion, Nic. I hope you didn't think I was trying to argue with you or anything.

With that said, do you watch the animal shows (i.e. Pets Shenanigans, Secret Life of Predators)? They're really more of just really unique animal encounters.

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03/18/14 at 04:24pm in Jack Hanna's Wild Reserve (Latest Edit: 03/18/14 at 04:33pm by Nicole.)
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I like the Wolf show. My favorite animal experiences are the tours.

Edit: I also love feeding the lories. (To get this thread back on track)

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03/18/14 at 08:45pm in Jack Hanna's Wild Reserve
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The park used to have a petting zoo, back when the theme was truly important to the owners, in case it has been forgotten. I think the animals fit with the conservation theme which is what seaworld parks are now known for. Plus Europe does have many animals of it's own and exotic animals have a history in Europe dating back to antiquity due to Europe's proximity to Africa.
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