Lost Landmarks

Animal Behaviors: Japanese Village and Deer Park in Buena Park

The now defunct theme park was home to hundreds of animals, including a somersaulting bear, a roller skating macaw, and poker playing koi fish. Unfortunately, many of them did not go out with a happy ending.

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Hadley Meares is a writer, actress and singer who traded one Southland (her home state of North Carolina) for another. Her debut novel "Absolutely" is now available on Amazon.
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