The Zoo's Mission statement includes,
"to connect people with wildlife."
I'd say they are doing a great job!
I usually don't go to the Zoo on the weekend anymore, but I was out and about yesterday and went by to see my Barnyard Friends. The Zoo was packed and so I decided to go round to some of the trouble spots (where there is the most misbehaving going on) and snaps some photos. I of course have quite a collection, it was a banner day at the Hippo and Rhinos. Much of the same I have posted in the past "Breaching Barriers" posts, so instead of a string of repeated offenses, I decided to choose just the one above.
I will relay that the one pic I didn't get was the best example. A mother holding her infant dangling over the exhibit yelling, "Here Rhino!" Unbelievable. Well not really.
So much wrong with these people, so much wrong with the Zoo for allowing this without any effort for deterring this behavior. I've made many suggestions via this blog, which I know they read, yet the only thing they have done at any of these exhibits is put a few small signs along the Black Rhino barrier that are the size of a large index card. Yet this sign is full sized, in color and with a photo!
Another example of how the San Francisco Zoo prioritizes stuff. There continues to be major barrier issues at the Anteater, the Rhinos, the Hippo, the Mandrills, to name a pawful. Apparently the obnoxious intrusion into the Animals home isn't a "Wellness" concern, nor is the possibility of a stupid Human dropping their kid into an Animal exhibit. Yet, the possibility of someones Hot Dog getting stolen, big deal.
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