We brought our 2 year old daughter to this zoo for the first time today. We live in the area and are aware that this is a low quality zoo, but we thought we'd give it a try anyway. Wow, were we surprised!! The women's bathroom is covered in large black flies, probably over 30. The exhibits are extremely run-down and look terrible. And some of the animals are in cages that are far too small for them. We went to have a picnic on the grass "picnic area" as a few other families had done and were told that the entire area is reserved for parties. After packing everything up, we asked where we could picnic and were told to go on some benches by the playground which are constantly being covered by dust from the playground and bird poop. Anyone with young children would know that a 2 year old will not sit and eat lunch beside a playground. We spoke to a Manager on the way out about having an area in the "picnic area" that is for the public and cannot be reserved, but she seemed unable to grasp the concept.
The staff were not friendly and even the Manager that we spoke with was unreasonable and just made us angrier. It is not surprising that they are losing a lot of their well-educated/qualified staff to better zoos. The 1:00 Cat Feeding used to be entertaining to watch . . . with the cats jumping up on the fence and roaring; however, it is extremely boring now with a staff member using a monotone voice to tell us all the details about the cats and handing the cats the food.
We did only pay half price to get in, but we still feel ripped off. It is too bad that all the money that the zoo makes isn't being used to build better exhibits for the animals and upgrade the entire facility.
My recommendation is to make the trip to the Woodland Park Zoo near Seattle and see a real zoo.
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