We walked in the front doors and here is where the experience began. Apparently, my daughter (who is 14) decided to use her phone to take a picture of the giant stuffed gorilla on one of the racks to send to her friend back home while I paid the RIDICULOUS fee to enter the zoo area. While I was hand the clerk my card to pay she yells to my daughter "NO TAKING PICTURES IN THE GIFT SHOP!!" while another employee steps up as if for reinforcement and says "you can take pictures in the zoo but not in the gift shop. Me, thinking it was a pretty harmless thing to do, asked why. The clerk replies "because there are signs posted everywhere that says no picture taking in the gift shop". To which I again question. She then tells us "because people like to come in after being all hot and sweaty out in the zoo part and try on hats and take pictures". Ummmmm....so then shouldn't the sign say "No trying on items that you haven't purchased"??? Anyway, the treatment we received was nothing compared to the horrible conditions and treatment of those poor, poor animals. I am an animal lover, yes. But I also feel that zoo's play a great role in animal preservation. NO THIS ONE! The poor bear was in such a small little concrete pen that I wanted to cry. The giraffe was in a pen all by himself and the miniature ponies were all matted and their hooves were deplorable. Granted, you can get up close and personal with the animals but it only allows you to get a closer look how dilapidated and sad the animals are. Avoid this place at all costs! Someone needs to shut them down!
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