Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

A First-Class Legacy.(Editorial Page)


When John A. Moore came to Albuquerque in 1977, he described the zoo he was about to oversee as a "dirty farm." By the time Moore left the job in 1993, Albuquerque was home to a first-class zoological park.

Moore, who died March 21, oversaw the Rio Grande Zoo's transformation into what is considered one of the best in the country for its size.

Under Moore's direction, rare creatures like the Mexican wolf bred and thrived in near-natural settings. Sea lions gained a pool with rocks, cliffs and underwater windows. Monkeys were housed in a $420,000 cage that made visitors feel they were inside, too. …

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