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The Tar Heel O n f7 CT Tuesday. June 18, 1S74 t by EUsn Horowitz Feature Vritsr Admittedly, most people go to the zoo to look at the animals. But six UNC botany students visited the North Carolina Zoological Park to check out the vegetation. Or so they said. They discussed bougainevillaea and other exotic plants with zoo Director Bill Hoff, who plans to landscape his zoo with botanical curiosities from every continent and even from the bottom of the ocean. But what they saw was mostly pine, grass and cattails. The bougainvillaea hasn't arrived yet. But some of the animals are already there, so the botany students reluctantly lifted their eyes from the lawn to steal a glance at a zebra, a rhino and two Galapagos tortoises. "I'm going to bring my hamster here when he gets too big for the house." another said. . When completed, the state zoo near Asheboro will be the largest in the world. It will also be the world's first rural zoo and the only state zoo in the U.S. More than 1. 000 species of animals will wander uncaged across 1, 300 acres of Carolina hills landscaped to look like the animals' natural habitats. Elephants, ostriches and antelopes will roam the African veldt. They will be separated by a moat from Bengal tigers pacing deep in the jungle. There will also be a swamp infested with alligators and crocodiles, an island teeming with monkeys and an aviary atop Purgatory Mountain for eagles, hawks, owls and almost anything else that flies. For those animals which do not thrive in a temperate climate, director Hoff plans to control the environment. He will dig caves into the hillsides, where visitors can confront penguins and polar bears in sub-freezing temperatures, or camels in a scorching desert. "You'll go through a door, but it won't feel like you're entering a building," Hoff explained. "You'll just feel like you're entering a different climate zone, with different vegetation." Visitors will observe the animals from vantage points along the moats which separate the various natural habitats. And even the footpaths they walk on will be exotic imports, from East Germany. The paths w ill be cov ered with a mixture of special cement and sand. Accord ingto Hoff, this mixture never hardens and looks just like sand. "But I've seen it under the heaviest downpours in East Germany,. and the sand won't wash away," he said. "It's amazing stuff." Hoff is proudest of the tree kangaroos he plans to acquire for the Australian section of the zoo. These' look like ordinary kangaroos, but they can climb trees and roost up in the branches. Although animals kept in zoos tend to live longer and healthier lives than they would in the wild, the completed zoo will include a hospital for those which require veterinary care. Already, one of the zoo's rhinos died soon after its arrival here; Hoff said it contracted salmonella (food poisoning) back in Africa. But he has chartered a plane to bring the remaining rhino a new mate, which should arrive sometime this summer. Six rare Grevy's zebras will come in on the same flight, but they have to be quarantined for six months before they can go on display. "We can't bring them oyer by boat because the Suez. Canal is closed," Hoff said. Sailing around Cape Horn from East Africa would take two months and might make the animals seasick. At zoos where Hoff previously worked, he often brought baby animals home to care for them. He once kept a baby orangutan, which wore diapers and had to be bottle-fed, and he has raised dozens of lion cubs and other large cats. "But I think my wife's getting pretty tired of them," he said. 'The only pet we have at home now is a poodle." Baby animals at the North Carolina zoo will be raised in nursery facilities on the site. In bad weather and at night, all animals will be kept indoors. Zoo attendants train the w ild beasts to come in on their own, and Hoff says the training is a simple process. "When they first get here, we keep them inside for a few days until they've learned to associate their shelters with food and security," he said. "After that, they get most of their feedings in the shelter, and their own internal clocks bring them back. "The tortoises show up at 4 o'clock every afternoon, on the dot." he added. The animals now on display live in the Interim Zoo near the park entrance. This area will house about 100 species this summer in temporary buildings and fenced-in paddocks. Phase One of the completed zoo is scheduled to open July I, 1 975. Construction of other phases which will include an underground salt-water aquarium and a chunk of Amazon jungle is expected to take 20 years or longer. The estimated cost for the initial phase is S 1 3.4 million. A state bond referendum provided $2 million. The remainder must be raised from private contributions and foundation grants. Only about 6 per cent of the total budget $850,000 is designated for animal purchases. But rhinos cost $12,000 each, and even a spiny anteater costs $1,200. The rest of the budget is for construction and landscaping expenses. Building an African veldt in North Carolina costs $300,000. To get to the zoo, turn south off U.S. 64 at Mann Drug Store in Asheboro, onto Cox Road (N.C. 2834). Proceed 5.5 miles and turn left into the zoo at the sign for Park Entrance. This summer the zoo will be open from 8-a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends. Admission is free. 3- by Harvey Elliott" Films "Alfredo, Alfredo" Hoffman is brilliant in what amounts to a purely physical performance as the reticent bank employee who makes the mistake of captivating the lovely, neurotic Maria Rosa. His Ufa becomes a series of hilarious frustrations as he, at first, tries to ignore her and, later, tries to escape. (Last day at the Carolina.) "The Ballad of Cable Hogue" A comic elegy from Sam Peck in pah about the Old West and pioneering and prospecting. Jason Retards plays Cable Hogue, who turns a waterhole into a rest stop on the stagecoach line; David Warner is a travelling preacher; and Ste!!a Stevens, surprisingly comic, breathes life into the roie of a prostitute with that proverbial heart of gold. Richard Schickel calls Cable Hogue "a wonderful character" and "the best role Robards has ever had in the movies." (Tuesday at 8:30, Carolina Union Free Flick, the Great Hall.) "Dirty Mary Crazy Larry" Incredibly, held over for a third week. (Playing all week, at Plaza 3.) "Huckleberry F in rf Amateur Jeff East, who played Huck in Reader's Digest's musical Tom Sawyer" of last year, repeats in this second big Twain musical, supported by Paul Winfield (of "Sounder") as Jim. The producers are the same as for "Sawyer," which would lead us to expect bigness and t.'andness. (Flaying ail week, at Plaza 2.) "The Incredible Journey" A bull terrier, a Siamese cat and a Labrador retriever cross 200 miles of Canadian wilderness to find their way home in this Disney animal adventure, interrupted by irritating humans now and then. (Playing all week, on a double bill at Plaza 1.) "Old Yeller" Walt Disney's classic for anyone who ever loved a dog. A real tearjerker. (Playing all week on a double bill at Plaza 1.) "To Have and Have Not" Bogart and Bacall again, this time in the film which introduced them to each other. The plot has little to do with the Hemingway novel, but it's all secondary to the romantic team. Bacall was 19 years old, and her singing voice was dubbed by Andy Williams. (Thursday at 830, Carolina Union Free Flick, the Great Hall.) "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" Still another Bogart ("Brilliant" here, says Pauline Kael), this time with Walter Huston (who won an Oscar) and directed by Walter's son John (who won two). Huston Sr. once asked Huston Jr. to "write a good role for your Dad someday." Here it is. (Wednesday and Thursday, at the Carolina.) Theater "Live Spelled Backwards" and "A Day for Surprises" Lab Theatre's first summer productions begin tomorrow and run through Friday. Free at 8 p.m. in OS Graham. "Night of January 16th" Raleigh Little Theatre presents Ayn Rand's unusual play in Wake County Courthouse Today through Saturday. Call 832-6334 for reservations and information. Tickets $2.50 and $350. The Tar Heel "3 Alan Bisbort, Editor Animals prepare for new home Through all kinds of weather we'll rhino together. And zebra. And giraffe. And monkey. eflections on one's s elf "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance," by Robert Pifslg, William Morrow & Company, New York (1974); 412 pages; $7.95. by James Marsh . Feature Writer True, the title may seem disconcerting. For that reason alone it begs to be opened. Even if you don't own a motorcycle or comprehend the spirit of Zen Buddhism, indulge yourself. You'll find this book fascinating and edifying. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is an important autobiography, but not one that can be easily described. The book is a narrative on two levels. One level describes a father-and-son motorcycle trip from Minnesota to California. The other level is part description and part narrative; essentially it is a philosophical exploration of the author's past life. This confrontation between the man and his past becomes a personal history revealing universal human frustrations, social dilemmas and philosophical ideals. Astride his motorcycle, the author relates a discussion, or Chautauqua, which he directs none too subtly to the reader. However, there is more a spirit of relief and elation than one of didacticism. The dialogue describes Pirsig's growing disenchantment with the America which surrounded him and traces the unshakeable idealism that ultimately drove him insane. This is a story not unlike a confession, demonstrating one man's way back from an existence of oppressive disappointments and confusion, to a life of hopeful resolution and fulfillment. In two separate modes, Pirsig leads us through his persona odyssey. These two trips diverge in terms of time, the motorcycle trip progressing in reality, w hile the Chautauqua regresses philosophically through various states of mind. But there is a complete and satisfying unity throughout. 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