Letter: Zoo is special
Regarding the March 3 supplement to The Daily Courier that featured the Heritage Park Zoo:
When my wife and I first visited here six years ago we saw how special this town is — music in the park, a fine public library filled with readers, The Peregrine Bookstore, shops, restaurants, the Elks Theater, the Phippen Museum, Sharlot Hall. And dogs. Prescott loves animals. This was a town with heart, so we decided to stay, and here we’ve found a home.
But Prescott’s jewel in the crown is the Heritage Park Zoo.
The Heritage Park Zoo has a human history as well as a spectacular collection of rescued animals. Prescott has a zoo because there is a long list of Prescottonians who wanted the zoo and who volunteered the labor, the special skills, and the management expertise any zoo requires. It was not raised overnight like a circus tent but grew gradually through collective efforts, first of a few and then of the many who had a vision that was matched by the generous support of local businesses and civic-minded individuals.
The best of Prescott came together to build the zoo; this is the human side of the Heritage Park Zoo.
Claire Waite, working with Dan Mazur, has put together a fine history of the zoo, its creation from scratch and its gradual development made possible by the whole Prescott community’s generous support. The book is available at the zoo, at Peregrines, and, of course, on Amazon: “The Raven Wore Boots: A History of the Prescott Zoo” by Claire Waite.