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Fake Zebras Face Extinction
Status: News
image Thanks to Big Gary for sending me this story about Tijuana's fake zebras, which are facing extinction. The Tijuana zebras are donkeys painted to look like zebras. Tourists like to get their picture taken with them. It's a decades-old tradition. The Reuters article explains:

"It all started in the 1930s when someone decided to paint the donkeys up with stripes so that they'd look better in black-and-white photographs," recalled Jorge Bonillas, a sprightly 75-year-old who has worked with the animals since 1941.

But now tourism to Tijuana has been drying up because of fears about the violence of its drug wars. (I'm guilty of avoiding the place... the last time I went was over ten years ago, even though it would take me less than half an hour to get to the border from my house.) And as the tourist trade shrinks, the zebra workers are finding it harder to make a living. Sad.

Big Gary also forwarded me an article about the financial problems facing Erich von Daeniken's (of Chariots of the Gods fame) Mystery Park in Switzerland. It too, like Tijuana, is failing to attract visitors. My guess is that it's in the wrong location. It should really be somewhere like Las Vegas, not Switzerland. Big Gary notes that "If the park has to close, maybe they can send the unemployed Tijuana zebras there to retire."
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Posted by The Curator on Tue Apr 11, 2006


'Tijuana Zebra'..

That just sounds like a euphamism for something dirty and possibly racist.
Posted by Robin Bobcat  in  Californian Wierdo  on  Tue Apr 11, 2006  at  02:16 AM
Damn you, Big Gary. You beat me to the joke!
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Tue Apr 11, 2006  at  05:01 AM
Hey baby, how about a Tiajuana Zebra? Right here. Right NOW.
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Tue Apr 11, 2006  at  08:10 AM
If von Daeniken's Mystery Park is going to relocate, Roswell, New Mexico would be the ideal location.
Posted by Big Gary in Glen Rose, Texas  in  Dallas, Texas, USA  on  Tue Apr 11, 2006  at  01:48 PM
That's too bad. I love the Tijuana Zebras.
Now the donkey show is something completely different.
Posted by Jim  in  Columbus, Ohio  on  Tue Apr 11, 2006  at  03:07 PM
Except that Roswell is in the middle of nowhere. (Though so was Vegas, once upon a time.) I was imagining an entire ancient astronauts themed casino. It would be perfect right next to the Luxor.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Wed Apr 12, 2006  at  02:15 AM
Hmm, someone should set up savethezebradonkeys.com, shouldn't they? I mean, they're an endangered species, right? Where's PETA when you need them?
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Wed Apr 12, 2006  at  03:53 AM
You mean someone hasn't already!?! Amazing! wink
Posted by Smerk  in  to mischief  on  Wed Apr 12, 2006  at  04:07 AM
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