Hey Nena! I totally understand what you are talking about at the Hogle Zoo there in SLC! When my husband and I were first dating in 1999, he took me to the zoo for my birthday! (I'd never been to a real zoo.. except for the little ones they have at amusement parks back home in Florida.. ) Well, it was a very somber visit! The monkies were the first animals we looked at there at Hogle! I watched them for a while and they were amazing little acrabats and seemed very happy! Then we moved onto the Polar Bear exhibit (where they had the new baby Polar bear)!! Very sad indeed!!! Okay... First of all... UTAH IS A DESERT PEOPLE!!!
I've never seen ANY polar bears up in the northern mountains... do they belong in a zoo in Utah???!! HELL NO!! They looked so sad in there! I was so MAD at that point!!
We moved on...
... soon we came upon the camels... the pin was the size of my back yard!! (I don't have a big backyard!!) And the water pitchers... basically empty!!
The big cats (much larger versions of my little Chloe)...
small pins.. no where to go run and exercise
.. plus, they were in an inside exhibit... not outside in natural habitat!!! :confused2
The whole visit was totally disgusting!!
My husband and I will NEVER patronize that place again!!
Another thing that made me totally pissed off was the fact that parents were not controlling their kids!! Kids were tapping on snake tanks and bird tanks and climbing on all the rails to get the glass cages.. just to bang on them!!
Their were signs everywhere.. DO NOT BANG ON THE GLASS!!
If I'd had that mallet, I'd of smashed all their little fingers off! Is that jsut so bad of me?! Sorry, but parents need to teach their kids respect for our animal friends or punish them! At least they need to be AWARE of what their kids are doing!!
Oh this topic got me going Nena!! But I totally agree with you! They need to shut down that zoo.. but I don't know if you're aware.. they're planning on expanding, actually, across the street where the parking is now located! I wish they wouldn't, but perhaps habitats will improve! *ERF*