You guys, I did it! I finally went to the zoo. Well, I should say a friend and I went to the zoo. If you didn't know, I had never been to the zoo before this and it was both fascinating and sad. Fascinating because there would be no other way to say that I'm standing 50ft away from a zebra, without spending hundreds of dollars and traveling for more than 17 hours. The same goes true for most of the other animals there as well. The sad part was seeing them all in their cages. Vultures who would normally soar high in the sky confined to a cage that wasn't even big enough to fly from one end to the other. Loud, crying kids, and bees flying all over the place wasn't their natural habitat. The Siamang was what really got me. He was just holding onto the front fence looking at people directly in the eye. I just wanted to free him/her but there would be no better place for it in this city than the zoo. He just looked so resigned.
I did take photos but most of them are of animals in the larger habitats that didn't have chain link fences obstructing the views.
It was a SUPER hot day and most of the animals were just trying to find some respite in the shade, so I didn't blame them for hiding out most of the time. Though I do have to say that I love that I got to see Flamingos. I have a thing about birds, as in, I hate them. Except flamingos. Also as a reminder, teeth baring with primates is considered a hostile act for them.