We had figured that by going to the zoo on a Friday, there'd be fewer people and better parking than if we waited for the weekend. Pshaw. It's Spring. It's almost the end of the school year. It's Field Trip Time! There might not have been as many total vehicles in the parking lots, but when quite a few of the vehicles that are there are bright yellow and 40 feet long? The school buses ate up more of the parking than buses normally would, but fortunately we did get there early enough to snag one of the few spots left for cars. For the first two or three hours we were at the zoo, there were large herds of short people in matching tee-shirts running the legs off their teachers and chaperones.
|Takin, a beast from the Himalayas that is surprisingly agile for its size|
The zoo has also done a really nice job on its landscaping. The winding paths and various plantings manage to mitigate the fact the zoo is popular and there are hordes of people almost everywhere. It's like the lines at Disneyland, cleverly designed so you don't realize there are several thousand people ahead of you waiting to get on to the most popular rides.
|Goofiest looking ducks I've ever seen|