Letter: Reader questions wisdom of preserve


Editor:

I am not a resident of Ocean View, but I shop at many of the businesses along Route 26, as I prefer to shop locally at every opportunity. I have recently become aware of the proposed Barnhill Animal Preserve and have some serious reservations about the facility.

I am very concerned about the well-being of the animals. The field where the project is to be located has no shade trees; the animals, I understand, are to be housed in huts inside cages. It can still get really hot if there are no shade trees.

Zoos usually have a pool in which the animals can cool off. Will there be such a pool? What kind of exercise will animal have locked in a cage? Will there be a zoologist on hand in case of emergencies? I would think that the animals that are going to be housed at Barnhill Preserve would need a specialist, as they are not the run-of-the-mill domestic animals.

At first blush, the Wild Animal Preserve for educational purposes sounds like a good idea. But the well-being of the animals, and the safety and economic concerns of the neighboring businesses must be taken into account.

Thank you for the opportunity to voice my concerns.

Joan Loewenstein
Frankford