[If you’re looking for the quote from Blazing Saddles, the character’s name is “Mongo.”]
A week after what I hoped was a promising conversation with Chicago Zoological Society President Stuart Strahl, in which he said that he would meet with key staff members at the Brookfield Zoo to reevaluate the decision to keep the bird, there’s still no word. I don’t like to think this way, but giving lip service to revisiting the zoo’s decision with no intention of responding would be one way to keep mango advocates from generating additional bad publicity until the controversy had cooled off.
I hope that some of you who have been following this issue and haven’t already written letters on the mango’s behalf will go ahead and do so to:
- CZS President Dr. Stuart Strahl
- Anthony J. Peraica, chair of the zoological committee of the Cook County Forest Preserve District, which owns the zoo
- Chicago Tribune
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinal
- Rockford Register Star (article here)
- Beloit Daily News (article here)
- NPR (be sure to select All Things Considered)
- Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
(the capture may have violated state, if not federal, law)
- Wisconsin Humane Society
(be prepared for a hostile response if they bother to respond at all).
We may not be able to free the mango, but maybe we can prevent other healthy vagrant birds from being sentenced to permanent captivity by well meaning but misinformed people.