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Walrus R Us

Giant refrigerated zoo
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A huge open-air refrigerator filled with pack-ice and arctic and antarctic animals: walrus, polar bears, penguins, seals, etc. These animals are commonly seen in zoos, but not to my knowledge on ice, just in rock and cement landscapes.

Visitors would be issued with parkas, and would trudge across ice paths and through underwater viewing tubes. They would gain the benefit of seeing animals in something closer to their natural habitat. Booths would sell hot soup and coffee. The cool environment would be particularly popular with visitors in long, hot summers.

Since there are now indoor ski slopes with artificially frozen snow, and zoos are becoming ever more complex, I wouldn't be too surprised if this exists already, but I can't find anything. Although polar bears in captivity seem to have a tendency to go insane, how can you go wrong with penguins?

pottedstu, Jun 05 2002

Displaced penguins surf into Rio http://www.guardian...273,4119067,00.html
The closest link I could find [Aristotle, Jun 05 2002, last modified Oct 04 2004]

Refrigerated Penguin House http://familyfun.go...0700zoonewyork.html
[DrCurry, Oct 04 2004]

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       //how can you go wrong with penguins?//
I assume the facilities computers will be Linux
thumbwax, Jun 05 2002
  

       Goo goo g'joob.
waugsqueke, Jun 05 2002
  

       those are not Welsh penguins, then bliss.
po, Jun 05 2002
  

       Since we're on a welsh spree today...   

       Did you know that penguin (pen gwyn, white head) is a welsh word? Prize to the first person to tell me what corgi means...
yamahito, Jun 05 2002
  

       yapping pet of the brown variety in the big house on the Mall near the puddle called serpent at the big smoke in the South.
po, Jun 05 2002
  

       uhhh - cold..
yamahito, Jun 05 2002
  

       cur
thumbwax, Jun 05 2002
  

       warmer...
yamahito, Jun 05 2002
  

       yet another breed of rat-dog
kaz, Jun 05 2002
  

       hot..
yamahito, Jun 05 2002
  

       dwarf dog. cor/dwarf + ci/dog
thumbwax, Jun 05 2002
  

       thats a corci, thumb.
po, Jun 05 2002
  

       feh
corgi n.
( pl. corgis) (in full Welsh corgi) a short-legged breed of dog with a foxlike head. [Welsh f. cor dwarf + ci dog]
The Oxford English Reference Dictionary, © Oxford University Press 1996
thumbwax, Jun 05 2002
  

       na na na na nah. typical OE Ref Dick typo!
po, Jun 05 2002
  

       it's gi not ci because of a nasal mutation. The spelling's actually correct.
yamahito, Jun 05 2002
  

       <action>moons po, does a mutant snoopy dance</action>
thumbwax, Jun 05 2002
  

       He's cheatin' , he has BOOKS.
po, Jun 05 2002
  

       xrefer.com, actually - muahahahaha
thumbwax, Jun 05 2002
  

       Somehow I missed this one the first time around. The Children's Zoo in Central Park has long had a refrigerated penguin house (although the polar bears still get to sweat it out in the sun). See link.
DrCurry, Nov 27 2002
  
      
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