I’m not really a fan of zoo’s. I used to enjoy taking my kids to the zoo however I always left feeling incredibly sorry for the animals. They usually seemed to be in areas that are fake and much too small for them. Seeing all of the fencing and cages is depressing.
That said, the San Diego Zoo is one of, if not the best zoo in the country. They do a terrific job of providing natural settings, lots of companionship and a large amount of space for most animals.
And they do a lot of research into protecting and maintaining species that are threatened with extinction.
This butterfly was for sale in the Zoo’s gift shop.
Rick really got into the exhibits….
This boy’s mom allowed me to take his photo right after he had his face painted. I wonder how many days he went before washing the paint off…
Mary Lynn has never met a gift shop she didn’t like (and explore). Good thing space is limited in the RV.
As you can probably tell, I love to take photo’s of birds. The incredible colors combined with the patterns of the feathers really appeal to me. Not to mention the connection to ancient forms of life (think dinosaurs). And some of them seem fairly intelligent, more so than many animals.