Wednesday, May 4, 2011
cold and damp at the zoo
Yesterday was the last of the few days I had booked off work. Our planned trip to Rhode Island for an Eastern Surfing Association competition fell through when some family stuff came up, so the vacation turned into a "stay-cation". I wasn't very lucky with the weather - damp, cold and rainy - but yesterday we decided to get out and do something out of the ordinary for my last day off. We settled on a trip to the Zoo.
The Toronto Zoo is just up the street from us, but we seldom go because it's very expensive. Don't get me wrong; I'm not complaining about the admission price. I can't even begin to imagine what it must cost to feed all those animals, see to their health and well-being, and maintain all those habitats. A few of those massive pavilions were heated and humidified to tropical conditions - that's got to cost!
Because of the weather we spent most of our day in the various pavilions looking at fish, reptiles and bugs. The tigers were outside pacing the edges of their enclosures, but they looked extremely annoyed with the rain and the mud. Most of the other outdoor animals were hanging out in sheltered areas, looking none too happy either.
A couple of months ago Bob Barker was in town, promoting the transfer of the three elephants of the Toronto Zoo to an elephant sanctuary in California. We didn't visit the elephants on our trip to the zoo, nor do I think the absence of elephants would affect my likelihood to visit again, but one thing's for sure: California's got to be a better place for elephants than here. I just hope the board of the Zoo is listening!