why, zoo atlanta, why?

panda cam!!!

panda cam!!!

that my friends is an adorable image of lun lun cradling young pandizzle as caught on camera on the zoo atlanta panda cam. ben reported it in the comments on my last post on this topic and i am not sure how i missed it but apparently zoo atlanta is planning on dropping the panda cam after the first of the year due to “budget cuts.”

i cannot tell you how sad this makes me. the panda cam is my stress reliever. whenever i need to take a quick break for cuteness during the day, i tab to the panda cam and just watch those guys playing for a while.

i also don’t understand why the zoo would cut something popular. it seems to me to be a bad marketing idea. surely the zoo could find something else that people aren’t utilizing to cut to save our beloved panda cam.

i have set up an online petition i am going to forward to the zoo to ask them to reconsider and look for cuts somewhere else. please consider signing it. first though, click over to the panda cam and see what is at stake.

2 Comments so far

  1. saraq on December 16th, 2008 @ 2:09 pm

    I don’t mean to be a Grinch, but as an employee of another Atlanta non-profit I’d rather see the Panda Cam go than a staff member (which is where cuts usually fall for organizations already working close to the bone). Given the current economy the Zoo is likely to see less revenue from visitors and less income from endowments and investments; it’s never an easy decision to make cuts, but I’m sure they looked at all of the options and made the one that made the most sense for their organization. Also, from the standpoint of visitor revenue the Panda Cam is giving away the goods for free, seeing as how Pandizzle will have his public debut in the near future. We could all show our support better by making an effort to go see the little guy when he’s ready to come out and play, or by making a small gift to the Zoo for the panda family’s care. From the website and AJC article it looks like there will still be good footage available from past Panda Cam broadcasts, plus updates as further cuteness breaks forth. In the meantime, if you must have a cuteness stress-break the internet is loaded with delights (might I recommend the understandably much hyped Shiba Inu puppy cam at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/shiba-inu-puppy-cam).

    Just my 2 cents, feel free to disagree- I am curious to know where people fall on this issue.

  2. james hervey (jeherv) on December 16th, 2008 @ 2:15 pm

    i totally agree. i would much rather have staff than the panda cam, but i do not necessarily agree that the zoo has looked at everything. i also don’t know how much panda cam costs, but i am sure the zoo could get creative and find some money.

    also, as a marketer, i have to disagree with you. the panda cam stokes interest in getting people to the zoo to see the panda. it’s similar to a band giving music away for free to get people to their live shows.

    and yah, there is lots of cuteness on the net, but not our own panda cub.


    i just wish we could have ti all.

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