Friday Fun: Bristol Zoo’s Human Exhibit

Posted on September 4, 2009  Comments (2)

Human Exhibit at the Bristol ZooPhoto of the Homo Sapiens zoo sign at the Bristol Zoo

A mysterious sign has appeared on the side of the Zoo’s popular Coral Café, designating the area as a place to spot one of the world’s most widespread species – Homo sapiens. The notice, which appeared without warning this week, shows humans ‘on display’ inside the café and includes tongue-in-cheek description of the species and its characteristics.

Zoo staff were surprised and amused to discover the new fixture. Dr Jo Gipps, Director of Bristol Zoo Gardens, said: “This is definitely not one of the Zoo’s own signs, it is clearly a prank and a very good one too. It looks completely genuine. We think it’s great sign and we have absolutely no intention of removing it, however I think one of them is probably enough.”

From the sign:

After a gestation period of nine months, the you usually live in the parents’ next for around 16 years. While the parents are out foraging for food, juveniles are looked after in large groups by other adults.

In adolescence, the offspring adopt a more nocturnal lifestyle and engage in ritualized activities of drinking fermented liquids and dancing to rhythmical sounds, which scientists believe may help them to find a mate.

They are known to adopt other species as pets, particularly dogs (canis lupus familians) and cats (felis catus).

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2 Responses to “Friday Fun: Bristol Zoo’s Human Exhibit”

  1. Allen Nyhuis
    September 6th, 2009 @ 12:26 am

    With all due respect, I’m not in favor of zoos doing things like this. When they present human beings as “just another animal”, that is what gives fuel to the radical animal rights extremists. These radicals claim that we should not be putting our “fellow animals” on display in zoo exhibits. Of course they are wrong.

    Allen Nyhuis, Coauthor: America’s Best Zoos

  2. Paul
    September 7th, 2009 @ 7:59 am

    I would love to put one of these up in Dublin Zoo

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