Opinion Poll: THE ZOO
We visited the Bronx Zoo on Wednesday. My kids favorite parts were the butterfly garden, the bug carousel, sharing a huge box of popcorn, and playing on the rocks at the entrance. It was like pulling teeth to show them the big animals. When we finally make it to the large exhibits (thanks to a few Slurpees to lore them) the giraffes were huddled in the corner, as far from the crowds as they could get. The wild African dogs couldn't be found. And the kids were so over it that we didn't even make it to the lions. It made me wonder if the zoos of the future will take a different approach.
The BBC had a new idea and spent years creating the world's largest online zoo. They caught both large and microscopic animals being totally wild, natural, and exciting. It's totally awesome.
I don't think I would miss the large zoo animals (elephants/giraffes/lions) if the smaller animal exhibits (insects/frogs/birds) were done creatively. I also would love to see farm animals being farm animals, so that kids could see where milk comes from and eggs. Horses would be fun! Fish even. What do you think? Is this all sounding a little too PETA? ha I just want to see interesting animals, not bored caged ones. I see that all day when I look at my kids faces when they watch TV.