I don't know what it is, but I absolutely love going to the zoo. Even as an adult. So when the boyfriend emailed me about going with a couple of coworkers, I didn't want to miss out. Unlike I usually do, I didn't look into the zoo beforehand; I was AMAZED at how large it is! I've really only been to a handful of zoos, most of those when I was really young, so my only real memories are of going to the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, which is pretty great, but nothing compared to some of the larger zoos. Although I was a bit disappointed to miss out on some of my favorite animals, which were not in their exhibits, everything else about the trip was amazing.
One of the most shocking things to me was when we were in the Australia exhibit. There is this huge fenced in area that houses the kangaroos and emus... Which happens to have a door; unlike most of the doors in the zoo, this one was not for park personnel. They actually LET you walk through the area housing the kangaroos and emus. I don't know what others have heard or know about kangaroos, but they can be extremely dangerous and unpredictable. Yes, these ones are in captivity and interact with humans regularly, but there are all kinds of attacks by animals in captivity on their owners or handlers. Regardless of the fact they tend to be more aggressive than most animals, most of the people who go to the zoo do so because they have kids. I couldn't even imagine trying to get a small child to walk on the path and not dart off to try to pet a kangaroo...
The smaller of two elephants
I always love seeing the elephants, even if every zoo has one or two; I couldn't resist running over the second I saw them, leaving my boyfriend and friends to fend for themselves at the snack bar. I'm really not sure what it is about elephants. It probably has something to do with their gigantic size and how smart they are... We did, unfortunately, quickly learn why the boyfriend loves elephants, actually, the reason most boys/guys/men come to the zoo. I should note that every other boy and man there had the exact same reaction. There are just some things that the male gender will never out grow and pooping and peeing just so happens to be one of those things.
We saw many more animals and I took way more pictures, but I decided to include just a few of my favorites