Yesterday we went to the Bronx Zoo for the first time. A good time was had by all–as you can see here, we got a pretty up-close visit from a polar bear, plus close encounters with red pandas, baboons, giraffes, and a sea lion. A few observations:
1. While it’s great that the Eco Restroom near the Bronx River parking lot uses so much less water, the fact that you can smell the restroom throughout the lot probably isn’t a very good advertisment for green building practices. No one wants to live that way.
2. The Zoo is also particularly heavy-handed in its environmentalist moralizing. Here’s a small example. I’m sympathetic to the message, but geez!
3. The 6-yr-old’s day was absolutely made by the presenter on the Wild Asia Monorail, a college-age woman who saw his Hulk t-shirt and reported, not only was The Hulk her favorite superhero, but she even named her cat “Banner.”
4. If you can’t wait until September for the new Mac OS upgrade, you can see all the snow leopards you want at the zoo. You can even buy a plush one in the gift shop.