I have mixed feelings about zoos. I want so badly to get a glimpse of animals I would never get a chance to see in the wild that I'm glad I have access to a few local facilities. However, as I gaze through three inch thick glass or crane my neck to try and seen anything through snow fences, I'm struck with a sadness looking at something that should be roaming free sitting lethargically in a man-made environment that is probably about 1/10 the size of their natural environment. But oh, how fascinating and beautiful these wonderful animals are! Just last month I got down to Seattle's Woodland Zoo in Washington State.
[note to self: NEVER go to the zoo on a weekend!]