Animals Have Feelings: The Houston Zoo

Our bus ride to Houston took 24 hours. The country we drove through was so beautiful that I did not feel tired even though the trip was long-in fact the rolling hills, majestic greenery and beautiful skies relaxed me. We had two reasons to go to Houston, first that it was the next zoo on the way back to Los Angeles, and secondly one of my closest friends had moved there from New York some years before. She was an opera singer with the Metropolitan Opera and I had spent many years as her pianist in her practice sessions. As Read More

St. Louis Zoo, Part 2

The De Brazza's Monkey "Suck-a-Toe"

I spent quite a bit of time with the people in education. They were not only dedicated, but so anxious to share with us what they were doing not only in the schools but with the general public. They had an auditorium that seated 80 people. Their program took 1¼ hours in which they not only displayed the animals but gave the public a real picture of what it was to run a zoo. They lectured to about 650 people a day and at this point had spoken to almost 30,000 people . All of this was done by 3 Read More

St. Louis Zoo, Part 1

Looking back, more than 30 years ago it is fascinating to see the changes that have happened – not only to the zoo world, but also to the world in general. The cost of living has changed radically. My husband and I got a room in a small hotel for $13.00 a night in Louisville– an expensive hotel was $36.00! This was the year 1978. There was no internet and people spoke to each other much more openly than they do today .The young people that I meet now carry I-phones with them and except for their own age group, Read More

The Humanity of Animals

We all have experiences in life that remain with us forever. In 1978 I went to Louisville, Kentucky. It was for a special convention of the National Speakers Association. I had been asked to join them because their director, Dottie Walters had heard of my Suck-a-toe lectures in the schools. Dottie thought I might be interested in pursuing a career as a professional lecturer. The idea appealed to me because I wanted to go national with the Suck-a-toe story. At the time in the world of animals much was being said about the “Humanity of Animals”. I had spent six Read More