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ENCORE LOUISIANA COMMISSION ANNOUNCES TOP 50 for 50+ WINNERS
Global Wildlife Voted One of the Best Places to Visit with the Kids/Grandkids
New Orleans - December 15, 2009 Global Wildlife Center was recognized as one of the Best Places to Visit with the Kids/Grandkids in the State of Louisiana by the Encore Louisiana Commission at a ceremony in New Orleans.
"The Top 50 for 50+ showcases the best Louisiana has to offer - the places, sights, and experiences that make life in Louisiana at 50 and above so unique," said Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu, who oversees the Encore Louisiana Commission.
Over 3,000 votes were cast by online voters during the Top 50 for 50+, a state initiative to entice people 50 and above to move to or stay in the state of Louisiana.
As recipient of the honor, Global Wildlife Center and Foundation will be eligible to qualify for a grant from the Encore Louisiana Commission to support initiatives that will build affinity for the State of Louisiana and contribute to the quality of life of persons 50 and above.
"Global Wildlife Center is thrilled with the distinction as one of the Best Places to Visit with the Kids and Grandkids in the State of Louisiana. On a Global Wildlife Center safari, you're able to learn through touch. The adventure brings out the kid in all of us. It's hard not to find your inner child when you are getting eye to eye with giraffes or wiggling a camel's humps! It's an experience that visitors of all ages enjoy, whether they are 2 or 92!" says the Center's Education and Development Director, Christina Cooper.
Sue Durr, 54, an Amite native , says ,"I never tire of bringing my grandson Kain here. He took his first Global Wildlife safari before he was even a year old, and he's 7 now. From the joy in his eyes when he hears we are coming, to the expressions on his face when the giraffe stick their heads in to give him a kiss, or when the Cape eland steal his feed cup, the experience is priceless."
Global Wildlife Center staff makes it easy for grandparents to enjoy a Global Wildlife Center safari. The animals roam free while the children are contained during the tour in a covered wagon pulled by a tractor. Grandparents will enjoy the comfortable padded seating, and the wagons offer a ramp for accessibility. Because value is always a concern, Global Wildlife Center offers discounted senior tickets. For extra value, many grandparents purchase a membership to Global Wildlife Foundation. Grandchildren and children covered on the membership are interchangeable, and membership benefits include free safari wagon tours for an entire year.
Global Wildlife Center says goodbye to gentle giant, Slim the giraffe. Photo by Cheryl Schneider March 12, 2009, Global Wildlife Center was forced to make the difficult decision to euthanize Slim the reticulated giraffe. Slim had been the patriarch of the animal family at Global Wildlife Center since its inception in 1991, and was adored by staff and visitors alike. Known for his gentle demeanor and easygoing disposition, Slim was very gregarious and friendly with the safari wagons. He could frequently be counted on to approach the safari tours even when the rest of the giraffe family was being shy. He relished the attention of the people and would often stretch his long neck from one wagon opening to the other, so that children and adults could stroke his long neck and head while he partook in animal feed. Many visitors have photos of giraffe “hugs” from Slim, when he would allow them to wrap their arms around his giant head. His unflappable, easygoing personality and fondness for cameras made him a media darling. The tour guides knew the key to his heart, potato chips and rice krispy treats. Slim came to live at Global Wildlife Center in 1987 from the Dallas Ft. Worth Zoo. He was 4 ½ years old at the time, making him over 26 years old at the time of his death, well above the average life expectancy of a giraffe. Over the past year, Slim had undergone regular treatment for arthritis and was electing to stay in the giraffe compound more and more often. About ten days ago, Slim injured himself while attempting to breed his mate, Kameel. Slim fathered 13 giraffe calves at Global Wildlife Center, and the tour guides affectionately called him“Papa Slim.” When examined by a team of veterinarians last week, he was declared in amazing condition for his age, despite his injury. Slim was responding well to treatment until sometime during the night of March 11, when he laid down and was unable to stand again. “We are profoundly sad and heartbroken. He was an icon at the Center, and his absence will be felt by all,” said Christina Cooper, Education and Development Director. He went to sleep and died peacefully around 1:30 pm. Global Wildlife Center officials are encouraging visitors to share any photos they have of Slim by mailing them to: Global Wildlife Center 26389 Hwy. 40 Folsom, LA 70437 or by sending them via e-mail to email@example.com