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Ropewalk on 82nd Street to resume exotic animal show

By Katie Tabeling | Jul 06, 2017
Photo by: Kara Hallissey Ropewalk employees, from left, Douglas Degitz, Katie Bolingbroke and Hailey Gordon hang out with Oliver the kangaroo from Barn Hill Preserve on 82nd Street in June.

(July 7, 2017) Ropewalk restaurant on 82nd Street will present a regular exotic animal show throughout the summer, as the Ocean City Council on Monday approved its permit to house non-domesticated animals on the premises.

The Ropewalk restaurant had presented a handful of shows from Barn Hill Preserve in Delaware in June, before it appeared before council to seek its blessing for the event.

“We are a mobile education program that targets elementary to high school students on the East Coast,” said Barn Hill representative Carrie Johnston. “We’ve been doing this for three years in Delaware and we’re looking to expand in Ocean City.”

Barn Hill’s goal is to make learning about wildlife exciting by giving people a much closer view of animals they might only have seen in zoos. Animals include the red kangaroo Joey, a two-toed sloth, the Eurasian lynx kitten, a Eclectus parrot, the bearded dragon lizard, the American alligator hatchling, a hedgehog, the red-tailed boa and a ball python.

Johnson said that the plan is to only show two or three animals on Sundays and Wednesdays for a few hours.

The council was receptive to the idea, but Councilman Dennis Dare pointed out that the permit needed specifications.

“If I can recall, this code was established so that our fire department would not have any surprises,” he said. “We need dates and times.”

The council agreed that Barn Hill could show some of its animals on Sundays and Wednesdays, starting on July 12 and ending on Sept. 3. Shows would be held at the Ropewalk from 2-6 p.m.


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