Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Polar bear from the Columbus Zoo and Lancaster County - a card from the USA

THE POLAR BEAR - Columbus Zoo

Country: USA
Place: Bellefontaine
Received: 12/01/2013
Distance: 7 679 km
Travelled: 27 days

The polar bear

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is located in Powell, Ohio, USA and was opened on 1927. Its land area is about 234 ha with the number of animal about 6300 and species about 793. The Columbus Zoo is divided into exhibitions, each representing a particular region of the world. While observing the zoo, a visitor may choose an alternative way of transportation instead of walking – a train, circling the North America region, and a boat, riding around the Islands of Southeast Asia region. 

The North America region, the largest and the oldest one, contains 13 large exhibits and a migratory songbird aviary. The Polar Frontier region features animals from colder climates and includes a Conservation/Education Building. The pachyderm region features elephants and rhinoceros and an indoor facility to house the animals during inclement weather. The Asia Quest gives an opportunity to feel the entire atmosphere and visit a waterfall, a cave, a Chinese forest or an aviary. The shores region is famous for the fish and manatee aquariums ("Discovery Reef" and "Manatee Coast") and exhibits of flamingos, alligators, penguins. The Reptile Habitat is an indoor facility, containing snakes, turtles, tortoises and threatened reptile species. The African Forest region includes primates, hooved mammals, large cats, and birds in an aviary. The Australia region features kangaroos, koalas, kiwis, tigers, kangaroos… The Islands of Southeast Asia region creates the feeling of walking through one continuous exhibit with a waterway carrying a boat ride.

Lancaster County

This stamp honors the beauty of Lancaster County with its rolling fields, featuring a photograph by James Amos.

“Known for its breathtaking rural scenery, agricultural bounty and small towns with evocative names like Bird-in-Hand and Paradise, Lancaster County is perhaps most famous as part of the Pennsylvania Dutch country,” said U.S. Postal Service Stamp Services Manager, Stephen Kearney. “The Amish, with their horse-drawn buggies, one-room schoolhouses and traditional lifestyle, give the county an Old World charm. Their pristine family farms, surrounded by neatly cultivated fields, offer visitors a glimpse of another century and a quieter way of life.”

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