Hard to give a good review when the animals were so sparse. Elephants, one, thru a dirty glass door. Sea otter's, the water was so cloudy, I can only hope the black blob we saw was in fact a sea otter. The rain forest exhibit was where we saw the most animals. The best part of the visit was seeing Monica, the baby rhino, but after a few minutes, she was out of view. The few ones we saw were great, but where are all the animals? I understand that animals will do what they want, but here, you are led around a path to see Elephants, that are not around to see, and you are at a dead end, left to back track to where you started. The layout is awkward, even with all of the construction, and the map doesn't do much either. Honestly, will probably never go back.
We're sorry you didn't enjoy your visit to the Zoo. The elephants have access to their indoor holding area so they aren't always out in the yard. The pathway to see the elephant yard is a temporary one and will not be a dead end once the construction of our new state-of-the-art Arctic Edge exhibit is finished next year. We do let the water in some of the exhibits get murky, because chlorine and other water treatment chemicals can be harmful to the animals. The water quality is similar to what they would have in the wild. As the third oldest Zoo in the country, we are considered a historic site, so we are unable to update the layout, but we try to make it easy to navigate for our guests. We hope you'll come back to visit when the construction is finished in 2015!