My family and I will never return to the Austin Zoo. First of all, this is not really a zoo but a privately owned "animal sanctuary." Until today we had made a point of going to the Austin Zoo 2-3 times a year despite the rather shabby conditions and truculent staff. However, the grounds today were completely swarming with bees. My family and I had brought a picnic and had intended on eating it in the picnic area. We couldn't because we were surrounded by 20-30 bees the minute the food hit the table. We spent 15 minutes trying to find a bee free area. The situation was more than a nuisance; it was dangerous. We went in and requested our money back. We were very rudely treated by the woman behind the counter and the upshot is that we we spent $19 to be chased by bees for 15 minutes. We weren't even given back the $1 for animal feed that we returned unopened.
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