Monday, August 20, 2012

Ghost Zoo--Lords Park, Elgin, Illinois

Chicago Tribune
Feb. 1, 2012

Supporters hope construction of a new fence for the lone bison that roams the Lords Park Zoo is the start of restoring the Elgin park to what it once was.
Last week the City Council agreed to pay $52,048 to replace a rusted chain-link and barbed-wire fence at the park — home to Po-Key, the 20-year-old bison. The Friends of the Lords Park Zoo group also has raised $17,000 in donations and more than $8,000 in volunteer work to put toward the project.

The new fence will be safer, meet zoological standards and look better, officials said. And once the new bison fence is constructed, the Brookfield Zoo has indicated it will donate a bison.
Members of the Friends of the Lords Park Zoo say it's the first step toward restoring the zoo, which is free and used to house many other animals. Today there are only Po-Key, four deer and three elk.

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