This is a pretty small zoo compared to other cities, and I think that really kinda shows here. We went late in the day on a Monday, I think two hours before they closed, so we were only there with about a handful of other families. We knew something was peculiar right off the bat when we received half off our admission with my husbands military i.d. I mean, yes, that's great, but usually bigger zoo's only do a dollar or two off. So either this was the best deal in the history of mankind or something was up.
I have a hard time visiting zoo's at all because being in them is a little more than depressing seeing the animals cooped up in sometimes cramped cages or stalls. This place was sadly no exception. The animals looked restless as ever, pacing back and forth, tiring a path into the ground where you could see it had been over several months or years' worth of wear. Not all of the animals were like this, but I felt a collective unease here with the animals. Particularly the panthers and the coyotes as I remember. And there was a large bird in one area that had a constant blasting of a "jungle-esque" type music track playing over and over again. I was annoyed after only two minutes of hearing it. That poor bird probably has to hear it all day!
Not all of the zoo is bad I suppose but the vibes I got off the larger animals was unpleasant. I don't remember exactly why animals pace but I know why humans pace, and it's never because they're calm and happy. I hate to see things like this. I can't say for sure whether there is anything fishy going on here for certain, but the animals' behavior seems to speak volumes to me and it's saying, "Get me out of here!"
I wish my review could be happier but unfortunately it's not. I feel for the animals in their confined spaces, whether for their own good of conservation, or not. I don't feel it's right. Wild animals don't belong in zoo's for man's entertainment. I can only hope the money I paid is actually going toward their care and happiness, and that the animals will know peace one day, as well we freedom.
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