With a bit of luck, I was able to visit the Reid Park Zoo recently with my partner and his aunt, who is a volunteer at the zoo. I was able to pick her brain regarding the unfortunate death of Watoto, which she recalls with some sadness. She was, however, happy to indicate that the zoo is free from oleander, and that feeding time for the animals is controlled to ensure that such an event does not occur again.
|Happy, healthy giraffes.|
The rest of Tucson, not so much. Though I have encountered oleander whilst living in Sydney, and it is indeed a popular ornamental plant, I was surprised to see quite so many oleander plants. Then again, when you have saguaro cactus, barrel cactus, "jumping cholla" and "devil's claw" to worry about, I may glibly suggest they have other nefarious flora to be concerned with.
Until next time,