With Spring Break week coming to a close and Easter Weekend upon us, I must post again about the lack of control of Visitors the Zoo has. After today, I will have been to the Zoo four times this week. Its been crowded and as usual Visitors misbehaving all over the place. There has been the typical and expected barrier breaching, but the thing that bothered me most was the lack of protection provided for the Chimps.
In previous posts about this I have noted that the use of the Police style barricades that they use on Free Day should be up at other times as well. Frankly I think at the Chimps age and tendency to get upset easily, they should be up everyday, but definitely on expected busy days like weekends, holidays (school ones included) and events.
As I approached Chimps on Tuesday, there was a huge crowd that included Security and Zoo Staff. My eyes immediately went to the Animals and Cobby was visibly upset. I don't know the specifics but was told items were thrown out of the enclosure. This only happens when a Visitor upsets them.
If the Police barriers were up that would help in creating a distance that doesn't feel as threatening to the Chimps as the current distance.
If there was more signage about behavior not only at the Chimps (who are a constant target), but at the front and around the Zoo, some of this misbehavior could be deterred.
This is a view of the Chimp area. Most Visitors approach this area at the beginning of their visit from the direction I've taken this photo. The only "shoosh" sign in the whole area is the one at the far end where I've placed the arrow. There is a Respect the Animals sign to the far right but its so far over it didn't even fit in the photo. Yes, not many pay attention to the signs, but the size and amount that are out there are not enough, especially at the hot spot that the Chimps are.
Also when this happens and a crowd has formed, why isn't the area cleared? or at the very least Visitors asked to step back?
I have posted about this before, so the Zoo is aware and I must assume they just don't care. I have heard that allegedly Visitors complain they aren't "close" enough with the use of these barriers. Excuse me San Francisco Zoo isn't the protection and "Wellness" of the Animals a priority?