NEW TIMES: Has meerkat membership increased since the popular show “meerkat manor” hit TV?
BAKER: Visitors no longer read the graphic, and we don’t hear “what are those?” anymore.
NEW TIMES: What’s the most popular animal visited?
BAKER: The tiger. He’s big, pretty ferocious, and very impressive. Plus he’s at the front of the zoo so everybody sees him.
NEW TIMES: Have you had any escapees in past years?
BAKER: We have fence after fence after fence. If an animal managed to get out they’d have five other fences to get through.
NEW TIMES: Are any animals exhibiting nervousness for 2012?
BAKER: I don’t think the animals, but maybe the staff.
NEW TIMES: What does it mean when animals are “off exhibit?”
BAKER: Some animals are put in a separate section of the zoo because they leave and we avoid quarantining them each time they come back.
NEW TIMES: Who is your oldest resident?
BAKER: I bet one of the flamingos. One of them is almost forty.