Zoos are tricky things. I know a lot of people don’t like to visit zoos because they don’t want to support animals being in captivity, but I think a well-run animal program is a valuable thing. With as many people in the world as their are, I’m glad that conservation efforts of any kind are happening and if they need to mix in a little entertainment and theme-park-showmanship to get people to donate to their cause, why not? Plus, as a mom I’m very happy that my kids have the chance to see so many wonderful creatures up close.
Hogle Zoo is a neighborhood attraction for us, since we live about five minutes away, and the zoo has grown by leaps and bounds over the last five years. When I was growing up, I have to admit that it was a pretty sad place full of concrete pools and boxy cells, but now it’s much more fun. I do miss the little frontier train ride of my youth, but now the train takes you on a safari around the giraffes and the kids certainly aren’t complaining.
The roaming peacocks, on the other hand, are not the favorites.
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