It truly is amazing to see so many animals in one place and to have the opportunity to learn so much about them. I sometimes feel a bit overwhelmed by how unnatural it is for the animals to live in these enclosures, and while I know much has changed from the days when patrons could throw marshmallows at the bears for fun, there is still a sense that this may not be the best thing for these creatures. I do believe in the value of the research and educating that can take place here. One of my favorite quotes is posted in the family zoo. It says "we must teach children to love the earth before we ask them to save it."
On a lighter note, Daniel took over the camera for a while. Here's what he got:
attack of the mama
obligatory baby bum shot
and no fewer than 37 shots of this guy