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ISSUES 2018 08/19/18 | KNSS 98.7/1330

ISSUES 2018 08/19/18 | KNSS 98.7/1330

Kelly Sullivan Walden talks about the meaning of dreams, and specifically the ones about our love lives. May 24, 2018 The White House unveiled its plan for a new branch of the military, Space Force. Is this a good idea? Yes, it is necessary to ensure the country’s safety No, it is a waste of resources ISSUES 2018 08/19/18 Steve McIntosh Wednesday, August 15th
Sedgwick County Zoo Director Dr. Jeff Ettling discusses the animals and the operation of Kansas’ number one visitor attraction 00:23:58 Download Transcript – Not for consumer use. Robot overlords only. Will not be accurate. This is it used when he eighteen XT Macintosh and our guest is doctor Jeff battling director Cedric caddies and dissect you coached well it’s great to be here this morning welcome to issues Tony eighteen century caddies who opened in 1971. At Tony first and zoom boulevard and north west Wichita the it is one of the top visitor attractions in Kansas. Maybe even number one now how long have you been with his with the zoo and accurately. Well I’ve been back now about fourteen months now. A distant history here though right that was then. Curator dermatology from 1991 and 95 when mark was in new director and was. When his first hires it’s good to be back here what can you little background on native Poland Japan three come from and had to get the zoo business. But yeah I know I’m a native of the Saint Louis metro region a group on the Illinois side of the of the Mississippi River there and I started my zoo career at the same was due in 1987. As a rep top keeper. Worked up about four years and then as I mentioned a minute ago I was hired here by mark Reid in 1991 to come and the reps talented collection here. Four years later saint was stolen back I spent 2.2 years there mention. A rough time today in building and now I’m back here so I’ve got spent in the last 31 years in my eyes you career between two uses which is kind of unusual most. Most individuals will start out of one’s is and is there one progressed their career ending move up they have to move around to. I’ve been fortunate and very selective Bauer worked and able to just work teases seems pretty obvious to be your next stop is Saint Louis. Well I think I think this is the last stop on the train everything goes well so. OK now let’s resume my dad told me Winona and when we were kids. That’s the best Sunni country. It must enact a reputation at one time it is still ranks really high it’s hard you know to rank loses a Latvian. Look at it a created your budget size or attendance. But you know it still ranks up there air penalizes the tops it and we’re right there tip in now we have grazed here and in Wichita Kansas. I’ve often said. That this is the hidden jewel on the planes and I’m really opens today comes. At some point here in the future or we can host in AZ eight annual conference and have 2500 of our closest friends here in which tied don’t think it ever think about. The zoo or the city the same again you know just because most of them never been here. I assume that. What what what’s your visitor count vision how many people are coming up it is well our our high point in 2016. Win the new elephant exhibit opened with seven iron 101000. We average about 58581000. I guess. Which is about in 92% of our metropolitan statistical area Moses would love to have that kind of attendance from their NSA I had no idea. And really very high third high beach 2 yeah. That’s terrific. How does that rank it is far to the visitor attractions in the state. Well I we were birds that were the number one tourist traction in a state Kansas where we’re going through strategic master planning right now and one of the things we’ve heard from. Our consultants that. We draw more from our Mac posture just go areas and others is of our budget size so. In fact the blue ribbon panel bride and another zoo and query professionals. Basically said we wish we had this kind of and his leadership from our local communities so. Where we rank very high. We also know that our members the value disease they come back nineteen to twenty times per year which is double others is of our of our size so. You know is says a lot about the quality is zoo and what people think about us you know I shouldn’t. There console zoo visitors are coming from all over the world not just century county. Yet we do you know it’s one of those things you find. You get the zoo affection not as that wherever they travel I’m acted and that billion out of wherever I travel I can go visit the zoo. And we’ve heard the same things we had we had no idea that your zoo is this large we hear that all the time or is nice and naturalistic so. We also have that nice interface between native Kansas habitat and wildlife and the animals that were managing. At the zoo and it it’s a nice interface as Alexei long as everybody’s playing nice in the sandbox gather that works out well. You today we talked about a little bit about moon before we went on the air you were talking about the effect the people who. Actually this century county commission when they planned this way back in 196970. They were pretty it is them or their birth visionary and how much land they actually got yeah he wanted to big big area right. Yeah I gave it to her last year and and one of the ladies and two were who has a child when they were getting ready to build so you kind zoo and she’s about humor my mother saying. I don’t know why they need so much space and I said now you know in now and it you know on those days there was nothing out on that side of town so if you look west of us now on all the development we probably have subdivisions right up against the zoo so it’s it’s nice that we have. You know there’s roughly 500 acres between the tune of fifty for the park and the tune of fifty for it is is we’ve we’re on this kind of nice little isolated island which is really nice once your end there. You don’t even realize that the cities that close. I’m always cider unknowns out there all was there really was a sand pit they called horseshoe lake where we’re going swimming in the summertime but that was it for the whole. Mile section or whatever it is it’s a big Bay Area yeah I think the other nice thing is when you look at other metropolitan as it is is that probably when they were built it was the same kind of situation is very. Little around and now they’re isolated on forty acres with everything else built around and no place to expand so I think the fact that. You know we’ve developed a 150 of that 250 we have another hundred acres that we can work went. We do wanna keep considerable green space because we like that but it does give us some room for expansion and what we did with elephants since in 2016. Is really what we wanna do with the other resident animals is give them more space since that’s going to be a big. Part of our our updated master plan is to provide more space for the man are you familiar with the old Wichita zoo down Riverside park I’ve heard lots about it I’ve read a book it’s yes interesting because it the national zoo in your for Terry and yeah exactly and we just TV small gap. Kind of embarrassing. And knew they wanted to build something that we can all be proud of that bill doesn’t understand how many people does it take to runners do. Well right now are our full time staff is around a 122. And then we hire equally that many in a part time people in this in the in the summertime so. Usually around and up around 30311. People total that’s full time. And part time that. That’s what it takes to run a zoo of of this size you know and one of the things were looking at. Is as we re develop some of these areas. And put in you know other guest amenities and we’ll probably see our staffing levels increase and you know we’ve got staff that we hire on both the county side as well zoological society side so there’s. You know employment on on both sides. Equation. How does is zoo figuring to local and regional education. Alba yeah. Post a few field trips up yeah I mean are hard Education Department is actively involved in the which tar region and beyond in terms of conservation education and they’re costly busy he even during the summer were hosting. You know summer camps and other opportunities for kids come learn about wildlife while places so. It’s an integral part of every modern zoo and and that team and continue to grow because. In this air of what I call nature deficit where we get kids that don’t spend as much time. Outdoors a say I didn’t when I was 1213 years old. Is that this is a great opportunity for us to connect them went wild live wildlife and wild places and start to really. Develop those pro environment behaviors that will be very important as they become the next generation of voters. Over the years they can’t recall more than one or two escapes out there. He gathered. Are few between knock on wood yeah that’s always likening and we try to put me on every C tries to run a tight ship you know it’s it’s usually. Human error when it does happen I mean. But I thought at the door open get somebody on the door open up a lock off but I think with all the safety protocols that we have in place. And we continue to revise that to make sure they were always on top of of what’s going on and that you know there’s always somebody else it’s double checking so. We have we have the highest safety protocols you can you can imagine is it accurate to say there are more than 2500 animals are mentioned. Yet. The others do you know when you look at individual specimens you know well a lot of those are smaller animals to when you look at reptiles amphibians inverted version now that. We we’re very very large collection of animals we managed and most these are through managed programs where it. You know our accrediting organization association of zoos and aquariums ACA. Or over 500 managed programs. Collectively and so were managed in these animals is one big population that move between one’s in another you know based on their genetic. You know. Composition and what some of the best pairings. Talk about your exhibits for minister what the elephants if you would’ve where we’ve seen some two big changes over the past. Several months couple years to hear about the elephants. Yeah I mean you know and in 2016. We opened the new elephant. Exhibit. It’s the third largest to my knowledge African elephant exhibit in the US about five and a half acres. In Stephanie who is on our original offense when the belt was built in 1973. Moved over to the new facility and then we were part of the import of elephants for swazi land that were you know succumbing to the drought there and we received another six animals from there. Which broader herta to seven and then this past may. We received an adult bull elephant from. And Birmingham zoos name’s Johnny he’s been here now look over two months and he’s settling in like. He’s been here his entire life. And side hopefully he’s gonna be the father of quite a few babies here in the future that’s at that’s our goal that’s why it was moved years out of time what do people want the coming spin about the elephant just and they they love it. In I think when you look at the amount of space that we provided. If you watch their behavior I try to get out walk does it every day and they behave like wild elephants are not just standing around in one spot you know you see. Young ones getting in trouble with some of the that all their elephants Ambien disciplined in now I and trying to hide behind Stephanie who’s the matriarch — for protection you know a bit. It’s the type of behavior you would expect to see in the wild side we did the right thing for elephants measure not receive or you should you looking to maybe and delivered to. Yeah I think you know where is it or heard it’s a — gap in how we manage and they’re very social animals were you know. You know seeing that develop over the future we’ve got some models based on. What might happen if the Johnny breeds with with our females what that population might look like in the next ten to fifteen years so. And we’re prepared for that you know I’m more were up a big player in elephant. Management sustainability here in the US now so. It was into issues Tony eighteen on the intercom radio stations and I guess is doctor Jeff at polling director of the Cedric county zoo. I’m now tell us about the end downing gorilla forest. Which I gotta feeling is another one of those favorite. Yeah it’s it’s a very special place you know we’ve got two babies. A leak and see Sealy could just had her second birthday. Recently so. Very popular spot in now it’s interesting that when when the zoo was built guerrillas weren’t even available to him very few people know them zoos they should say. Were breeding them and so the availability grows wasn’t something that. Look I don’t seem to be feasible for disease so when we built you know what he’s been called agent man back in this area here so now they’ll 1982 we had just. Chimps and harangue attends that and the opportunity presented itself obviously. For us to I’d get guerrillas we started out managing. A bachelor group I’m just which of the all male gorillas. And then the opportunity presented itself for some females come here we have a great family group yum and Matt who’s the mail that group in very good father. Kivu and we’ve got amber Rica and Kigali. That other female and they all it’s a really good family group you know and so. Were real happy with how that’s progressing people baskets how Long Will the two young ones be with us and I would say at a minimum at least eight years and the reason I say that is that. They need to observe their mothers having. I’m on another baby so that they learn how to. Be good mothers themselves you know as another social animal. You blessing you want to do is separate animals off too early from from the parents. That’s what you’ll see they’ll be around here for. They were they were no nasty mean monsters it they would just tear you limb from limit thing got a hold of oh really happen if I happen to walk in somehow get into the compound with full. Am well you know there’s so strong I mean one thing is that when things we often say when we do tumors there is if you were to go to the Congo and having experience with Israel as they do a lot of displaying their ran around. You know tearing up trees. And you know they knocking down and maybe it’s not because they want to hurt you it’s just because they want you know I don’t want you MySpace Selena but. You know them knocking me down for examples a lot different than you now it’s another human pushing me down there so strongly look at it you know. 400 pound. Animal you know ran into you it’s going to be substantial so we never share space with you know any of those animals at all you know. Because they are potentially dangerous. And so everything is done with than. A protected contact situation. Which is. Better for all of us. But the more infecting animals to be and they’re fun to watch the giraffes. Or shall Boehner on tall yeah. Let them when you look at where they are good amateur app with a sore thrown out there by the way. But when joked that till about that you were actually if you think about the. Habitat they live on less than an on African plains you know a lot of the the antelope and and other species have graced everything down low is that you they’ve they’ve adapted to being able to capitalize on vegetation and it’s. That’s high happens. It they have an advantage over a lot of the other species that are eleven out there on the planes to other. Their closest relative deal copy which is found in that central African rainforest. You know if you look at got the the hit looks at me almost identical to attract that much shorter neck because of vegetation is all over the place and they don’t have to. Have he’s had that long neck to reach out to the top and acacia tree for an example so. It’s it’s really adaptation of the type of environment there Lebanon and that that the food availability. How many draster we have therefore. In the mail regularly grow learning thing well right now we don’t have any any breeding recommendations or the group that were managing okay. Kelly about the penguin cold. Yeah we just celebrated. Ten years last year Pimco. Up over thirty penguins last year we had. This past year should say we’ve had one of the highest recommended readings occurred here. And so we’re really pleased with that. It’s a really popular exhibit as it is of Moses were getting ready to start in new penguin encounters we get three different animal and Connors. That we’re starting at the zoo. Which of the paid experience is one of those being in Monaco the other one will be without ever tortoises and and one with the rhinos but people will be able to go into an area. In the exhibit and feed penguins and have. I discussion with the keeper staff about what we’re doing for penguin conservation and peruse. You’ll be at one of those up and close. Personal experiences that you’ll never forget. And by the way just at the injection area in the past few days who story out of camera world was it was in the canyon. And a Nia Chinese tourists get to close to a nipple. That is due to how he opposed to him just can’t waiver we have two females that are original two females and you 4647 years and you don’t go Mueller mentioned don’t hit those facts. Most people were you realize that more people are killed in Africa from hippos than they are from now crocodiles. Most people would think the other way around out there they’re very they’re very dangerous animals do okay. But those everybody likes to see the big catch Timmy mountain lions and the tigers well we’ve got with our lions we have got to cut two females were born last October they’re doing. Very very well. They like to get up on pride rock with their father and I think keep an eye on the zebras on the on the other side. But they’ve been very popular with that with our guests. Tigers are another species we have that the people love down at the slots in tiger track. We just received a recommendation to have a new mail come here later this fall probably early winner. From the Beardsley zoo and he’s has recommended breeding with two of our females so hopefully next. Couple of years you’ll see tiger cubs out at the zoo as well and we also have over that same general vicinity we have recommendation for. A male red candidate join join disease so there’s potential for breeding there in the future as well. You goers can also see bison. Walls right in my ranking yet we have a whole animals and want to roll because he’s very poignant yet the fact the North American. Area was built 25 years ago 1993 we opened up. Was called the North American prairie we just can’t refer tutors in North America now. By yet but species that inhabited this region historically. In bison are still found here on some managed parcels of land. Grizzly bears are gone obviously. And cougars are mountain lions are you wanna you know referred Durham they are making a comeback in this part of the country all the following them in the Missouri River down from. After Montana there have been sightings in in parts of Missouri so in in this general vicinity were starting to see. Some build up of some of those species again it you know once and haven’t industry players. There well. Nap from probably where Agassi grizzly bears backing can’t grizzlies but still we knew me have bears well in. I’ve not seen a bear heard of bears in and Kansas they aren’t as soon. Only the zoo yeah AEA we have grizzly bear and black bear about we have both of them does and can where one of the things that we’re looking at and our. In our updated master plan uses. In a tripling the size of the grizzly bear exhibit so can as I mentioned beginning of what we did for elephants of what we wanna do for everything else people get a kick out of the station reptiles as you know. Gloria don’t about the stakes and reptiles and turtles yeah well we have a very we have very diverse collection of of amphibians and reptiles and you know snakes in particular. Have envoys you know bin in my opinion a very misunderstood species and whether they love or hate him they wanna look at him behind glass but we have the perfect opportunity. To educate people about them you die able roll this next play in the environment in terms of you know rodent control because. Unlike a lot of other animals really only may they may get a single mouse if they get in the state gets into it and a nasty everything they don’t know when it. When the next meals Cummins there. They’re nature’s most efficient mousetrap. If and I’m pleased that you didn’t bring them with you today. It about the petting zoo and Johnson favorite play he had the the children‘s farms children far ahead in the Asian and American farm for the first two things that were. Open at the zoo back in 1971. We’ve since added. The African farm in 1989. But you know really show and animals that are used in in different cultures you know in in a farming type situation. Talking about agriculture. And our dependence on these examples in fact the ones we we managed. Are you know I heritage breed so we maintain the limit is on them just like we did the exotic species that were man. I get a photo my son probably the first you don’t know the first few zoo was open and he’s about. Three or four in three years old maybe and he’s standing here on the index to me both those giant horses out there. Now he is set retired from the air force over this thing’s gone on through four generations yeah. Yeah impact thanked and 20/20 one will be our fiftieth birthday coming apps that that’ll be a big monumental year forests. Which is kind of hard to believe that we still young for we think about. Majority is is a lot hammer a hundred years plus is that we’re still young zoo. By by zoo terminology. Of course accounting we it helps and supports an end of people coming through deserved a lot of private help. Do you not stand up I’m I’m digging you got some fundraisers to go on to get jubilee come on up which is a great deal. Yes about that he has Italy is coming up on September the eighth which is a Saturday. It is the wildest party in Wichita. And it’s a big part you know it does give the animals something to see yeah. I get an and it helps a substantially with our with our operating budget it’s big fund raiser for the zoo. And so we’re where we’re thankful forever when it comes out to help support the suit that evening and have a great time lots of music but it will have. In the silent auction on the live auction just we’ve had in the past and that continues to to grow and evolve or move and the silent auction over to the event field will have. A set up right next to the pavilion now were. We’ll have the Cox entertainment lounge so to speak where we’ll have some of the football games on that evenings people build take their drinks and when there and and watch their favorite sports activities. Lots of food obviously so it’s going to be it’s going to be a great time and open mother nature. Cooperates with the weather mostly done almost every year it’s a little warm sometime yeah yeah. What’s on your planning you’re bored what would you but don’t you wish wish list there well as a as a mentioned earlier word we’ve been engaged in strategic master planning since. Late February were to start to finish that out. And so I think they’ll be some really interesting things will have to announce. Later this year in terms of you know what things you might expect to see at the zoo over the next you know 1015. Years. I can’t say we really wanna look at putting a new front entry. On the zoo we’d like to do that for our fiftieth. A birthday we can’t we’re live with the same entrance we’ve had since 1971. And obviously with you know happening people coming through. Our gates. We really need to enhance that you know experience you come in their so we get people through and more. Timely fashion so that’s probably our our big priority and part of that will be to move administration from that. Building that sits on his property down the front disease as well so I think you’re gonna see a lot of guest enhancements. I inexperienced right there at different as the two biggest challenge Nugent out. Biggest challenge. Well I think you know we’ve we’ve built this giant zoo over the last 47 years is it’s really how can we sustain that moving forward and that’s a big part of our. Our strategic plan is to look at you know. Financial resources how we continue to support the zoo and grow and moving forward so that you know that’s big challenge but it’s it’s a good one had to well. You say it’s a view to secretly it did for those of us who have lived here and most of our lives. Dusty Reno integrated Zoolander and it’s a great thing is to show off when I have company people coming in from out of town a lot of site. Hey let’s go to the zoo attendance figures are great place to go and make a lot of things deceit. And we’re we’re very proud of an Indian doctor and we thank you for spending some time with a slow thank you for having in this morning that you’ve been around a little bit you voted about Saint Louis and a couple he’s been down though politically thank you for your time. That’s all for this edition of issues Tony eighteen our guest. Doctor Jeff at polling director said three counties are of course we’ll be back next week. Thank you for listing. I’m Steve Macintosh. FOLLOW US Phone: (316) 869-1330 When texting this station, message & data rates apply. Message frequency is recurring and varies. Reply STOP to cancel. No purchase necessary. 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