I wish that zoos were not something we "need" now. Zoos used to be merely for entertainment and that focus certainly was of no benefit to the animals involved. Today, good zoos are expected to be "keepers" of the species and educators of the public.
Most of the habitats at this zoo are labeled with extinction warnings. So many of the animals are endangered that only a few in zoos remain. I am not convinced that saving the last few will make any difference if there is no habitat remaining to release them into, but with the education that a zoo like this can provide maybe one child seeing an endangered animal today will be able to help to conserve the habitat needed to allow a reintroduction of a species to a wild space.
Visitors can spend a day at the zoo just walking. Double and quad pedal cycles are available for rent to couples and families. The monorail was not running while I visited.
I must have come on just the right day as the zoo was relatively empty. I noted the massive parking areas that had no cars as well as the number of unrented cycles.
I would have not been able to enjoy the up close experience that this zoo provides if hordes of people were in front of me.
Habitats are on islands surrounded by moats. Most of the animals were visible and active. Fencing is low because the moat is the barrier.
There are a number of keeper talks throughout the day and opportunities to feed the animals. The latter has an extra charge.
The zoo is well landscaped and generally handicapped accessible. Most of the main trail is paved and flat. Beware of careless cyclists though. Benches are provided as well as picnic tables, but you are not supposed to bring your own food. There are a number of restaurants.
There is no charge for parking.