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New Chehaw director wants more park revenue

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June 24, 2004

Albany- There are new eyes in the sky at Chehaw, and a new leader at the park's helm.

The park's new director Doug Porter has only been on the job for three weeks, but he brings three decades of zoo experience.

Porter wants to utilize more of the park to make Chehaw more independent. "We do need to start weaning ourselves off of having the city constantly pumping money in here," he said. "And that's one of my goals is to increase our ability to generate our own revenue."

Porter also says previous director Glenn Dobrogosz made major improvements at the park that he wants to continue.

One of those improvements is the new lemur exhibit called "Eyes in the Sky."

Right now, nine lemurs live in this free range exhibit. It's the only one of its kind in the nation.

"Then to be able to see them doing what they can do. You'd almost think you were in Madagascar," said assistant curator Jan Thompson. "We've got 80 and 100 feet trees. And they'll scamper up in a matter of seconds, all the way to the top and then they'll leap from tree top to tree top. It's just spectacular."

Chehaw is also breeding the endangered species. There's one baby at the park now, and another on the way.

posted at 11:15 p.m. by brannon.stewart@walb.com