COOL SUMMER ZOOS: WARTS AND ALL

THANKS TO DISNEY, SOME NOT-SO-SEXY ANIMALS ARE HAVING THEIR TIME IN THE SUN

If the names Timon, Pumbaa, Simba or Nala don't mean anything to you, then you probably don't know people who count their age in single digits. These are names many zookeepers hear every day as children gazing at meerkats, warthogs and lion cubs recall the characters from Disney's 1994 hit The Lion King. "The popularity of these animals in the last three years has been amazing," says Greg Hudson, director of the Fort Worth (Texas) Zoo. "It's great. We can take that and educate [more kids] about the social structure of those animals."

By happy chance, warthogs and meerkats also make...

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