We went with our neighbors to check out the Houston zoo, and it was good. Zoos make me a little sad; the animals look bored, so I end up feeling guilty and a little depressed about the state of the world. On the other hand, almost every display shared information about conservation efforts and care for wildlife, so that seemed positive. The displays offered abundant opportunities to give money to those conservation efforts, and there is probably no better way to get people excited about contributing than to actually connect them to the animals.
I would like to learn more about what conservationists and other wildlife experts think about zoos. In the meantime, seeing some big cats, majestic giraffes and something called the kudu that I didn't even know about, was a great way to spend a pretty spring morning.