Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 15, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
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There are about 49 endan- gered species at the zoo, some 20 per cent of its population, including some of the largest such as the square-lipped rhinoceros from South Africa and three beautiful Siberian tigers. It is believed that there are less than 50 of these large cats left in the world. At the other extreme are two pygmy hippopotami from Africa and their year-old off- spring. There is a handsome, ferocious-looking black leop- ard and a mountain tapir from the rain forests of Ecuador and Peru that resembles a Pig- Some of the babies born at .the zoo have to be rescued and cared for by the staff. A baby gorilla, born last July, was in a sort of glass incubator sleep- ing under a blue blanket. Its mother had cared for it for a few days and then started dragging it around by one leg like a toy. There are many species of bears including the spectacled bear, the only species found in South America, which is on the endangered list. It has cream-colored rings of hair around its eyes. There is also the long-nosed sloth from In- dia, looking as if it needed a haircut all over. The Jersey Zoological Park has a famous honorary direc- tor, Gerald Durrell, who is well known on television and through his children's books. Durrell founded the Wildlife Preservation Trust in 1963 on the grounds of a 15th-century manor house with fine gar- dens. He lives in Jersey six months of the year. Endangered species among the zoo's inhabitants can be identified by plaques bearing a picture of the dodo, a bird that has long been extinct. The zoo has hatched and reared three brown-eared pheasants, found in their wild state only in the mountains of northeastern China, and 35 Cape Barren geese, the fourth-rarest goose in the world. Also represented is the bare-faced ibis. The birds, which have a long, red beak, used to nest over large areas of Europe but now are found only in Morocco and Algeria. There are about 122 in captiv- ity, of which 104 were born in zoos. There are a number of thick-billed ,parrots, the progeny of six brought by Durrell from Mexico. The birds face extinction because the pine forests in which they live in Mexico are being felled. Among the animals are three species of tapirs and four tapir babies have been born at the zoo. There are nu- merous types of gorillas and they have produced many young. TO START DRILLING Herschel Island, Yukon, will be drilled by Amoco in the winter on 1974-75. The island, n the Beaufort Sea, was chosen because oil reserves lave been located in that area. The Letkbridge Herald Fourth section Lethbrldge, Alberta, Wednesday, January 15, 1975 Pages 41-52 'Edmonton pushover for burglars' EDMONTON (CP) John Smith says Edmonton is a "piece of cake" when it comes to the art of breaking and entering. The statistics bear him out. Edmonton leads Western Canada in per-capita breakins. Through the first 10 months of 1974, this city of residents recorded burglaries. Vancouver, with more than double the population, had only 334 more. not his real he raked in 000 during the last three years in breakins. He is serving a jail sentence for a recent conviction. "Edmonton's about the best place in Canada for a break and enter said Smith. "Alarm systems for safes are just coming into use and there are not enough police patrols. It's a new city. "Ail your crooks are coming here from Toronto and Van- couver. ".It's a piece of cake, it really is." Sir.ith said most places are easy to hit because precautions are not taken to keep burglars out. But even when security measures are taken, Smith said there's always a way into a building. "Even a door, if they got four bolt locks on and you got a crowbar, that door ain't gonna be there very long. "Watch cops. When they check a place, most go to the back. "When we hit a place, we usually find the most obvious spot, right out in the open. They never look there." Members of the police break and enter unit say bail reform laws, legal aid and soft jails make it easier for people like John Smith to commit crimes. "What we need is some kind of provision in the Criminal Code so that a person convicted of an offence when out on bail would have to serve a consecutive jail said Detective Bob Boyd. "Some kind of deterrent is needed. "Our biggest enemy is the man on bail. He gets out on bail and it's like a licence to commit more offences. knows he can be charged for it, but he's got nothing to lose. He figures he'll get a concurrent sentence." Justice Minister Otto Lang has indicated he will seek tighter bail procedures to ensure that dangerous criminals or likely repeaters are kept locked up while awaiting trial. 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