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When she was at the Zoo one most often found Andrea in African hoof-stock, primate and South American exhibit areas, but she, along with several other zookeepers, took on the challenge of starting up a new animal commissary. The new commissary made it possible to feed some 2,000 animals more efficiently and faster.
Andrea grew up on a small dairy and enjoyed being outside with the animals. She's the Zoo's unofficial archivist, keeping the rich history of the John Ball Park and zoo intact.
Posts by Andrea Perry
SOLVING THE MYSTERY OF THE 'DRINKING ROCKS'.
During the afternoons of the last Sunday of each of the summer months, I enjoy going down to the Allegan Fairgrounds to visit at the Antique Market. Although my main hunt is for JBP postcards, I also enjoy just looking at all the different types of antiques.
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A CIRCUS CAMEL COMES TO TOWN!
In my bio I mentioned that I’ve been working on archiving the history of John Ball Park. I’ve rediscovered some interesting stories about both the park and the zoo. Or maybe I should say that I’m frequently saying ‘I didn’t know that’. For instance the flat land along Valley was some of the last land added to the park and while negotiations were ongoing for its purchase the area was used as the city’s circus grounds.
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The Questions I always hear are “Whatizit?” or “What is that thing?” So imagine my surprise when looking through the Press of June, 1923 I found an article titled “ZOO GETS SOMETHING IN CAGE, BUT WHATIZIT?”
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