Don't go when it's hot and humid! We visited on July 5 from 9a.m. to 1p.m. The weather affects how active the animals are and we didn't see much action. We were unable to see any gorillas because one gorilla was in labor. We couldn't see any giraffes because the grass was slippery. (Note: The zoo doesn't tell you this until after you're inside.) There was only one red river hog visible (sleeping) and only one lemur visible (sleeping). There were only 2 lions visible (sleeping). There were no arctic foxes visible. There was only 1 polar bear and it seemed to be suffering from captivity as it was circling repeatedly in and out of the water and was keeping mostly out of site of the people even though it has a nice, large enclosure.
The trams ran frequently and didn't require too long of a wait. however, they're purely for getting from one section of the park to another and not for viewing animals. You have to walk to see the animals. The nice thing was that most of the walkways were shady.
The chimpanzees and the baboons were fairly active. The way the sun was shining, there was a lot of reflection that made it a little hard to see the chimpanzees but if you waited long enough for people to come and go, you could maneuver to a spot where you could see them. It was nice how they had descriptions and names for each animal to help you identify them and learn more about them.
There are only hot dog/hamburger places to eat there and they all looked like outside eating. Would have been more satisfying and enjoyable if they had some air conditioned eating with more healthy choices, like a cafeteria. The only places that were cool were the gift shops and the arctic animal exhibit. They ought to have merchandising directly about their zoo, like merchandise for Acquila the polar bear and not just generic animal tshirts. Bottled water was $3 but they did have water fountains in several places too.
We did not visit the special exhibits (dinosaurs, ice age or 4D). We went to the zoo to see animals and didn't find many and didn't find that great of a variety. We were disappointed.
The zoo emphasized education in many of their exhibits - like living green, which I'm okay with but it got tiresome after awhile. Would have preferred more education about the animals.
Didn't find many restrooms. Finally went to the one behind the gift shop in the Africa section. There were only 4 or 5 stalls, no air conditioning, and a short line of hot, unhappy people.
No problem finding a fairly close parking spot in the Africa section at 9:30a.m.
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