I went to the Barenaked Ladies (BNL) concert last night and I can’t tell you how excited I was when lead singer Ed Robertson talked about his visit to the Cincinnati Zoo earlier in the day.
He wrote and sang a song about the baby bonobos and baby manatees and baby cheetah. (Yes! We have babies so come see them.) I’m pretty sure it was actually the cougar cub he saw though, not a cheetah. Cougar cubs have spots so I can understand the mistake. The cubs are currently being raised in the nursery and will move into the brand new cougar exhibit when it opens next year following the new Night Hunters building.
I also have to say that it makes me so happy to know that Ed took the time to read some of the interpretive signs. He recalled a fun fact about bugs that he picked up in the World of the Insect building. Even though the interpretives in that exhibit were developed before my time (nowadays, I write most of the interpretive signage text around the Zoo), it’s still pretty exciting. And our insect keepers will be happy to know that Ed encouraged the audience not to kill spiders and centipedes because we need them around to eat bugs. Thanks, Ed!
To top it all off, they sang the “froggy song”, as my 4 year old son likes to call it, Pollywog in a Bog. They’ve actually written several great nature-themed songs featured on their children’s CD called Snacktime.
I appreciate all that BNL does to speak out and act on behalf of wildlife and am proud to be a fan!