My first visit to this zoo. I work at the Smithsonian National Zoo, so I look at zoos in general with a very critical eye. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the enclosures, and did not see extreme examples of animal stress. However I did not care for the polar bear exhibit, which is too small for such a very large animal. There was an awful lot of construction in both main parts of the zoo (the African section, building the penguin enclosure, and the Maryland wildlife where most of it seemed to be under construction). I would say they are doing too much all at the same time, the construction noise was constant. We we there on a Wednesday during term time, and the school kids provided even more decibels. It was much more pleasant after about 2pm when they had all left: we almost had the zoo to ourselves. The main restaurant surprised us with their very good crab cakes. Who would have thought it? Particularly enjoyed the flight cage, and watching the superb rhinos.
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