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Woodland Park Zoo

Tracy and I visited Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle today. We weren’t expecting Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay, Floriday; or the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska; but we were a little disappointed. I think the picture of the sign below sums it up: "Where are the Animals?"

Many of the habitats were empty, but the biggest problem was that many of the habitats were just the flora of the Pacific Northwest regardless of the animals it contained (much like the older regions of the Henry Doorly Zoo).

You could tell the people there today haven’t been to too many other zoos. They thought 30 or 40 feet away from a giraffe was really close, but see how close Tracy and I got in the picture below taken at Busch Gardens. The jungle was also lame compared to the Lied Jungle, which is the largest indoor jungle in the world and Omaha’s first total-immersion exhibit. If you haven’t been there you really don’t know what you’re missing.

To make up for today, Tracy and I will be taking a trip to the San Diego Zoo sometime. I’ve been wanting to go there since I was a kid and read a book about it, and it would make a nice mini-vacation (since it’s much closer now).

I have posted a few of the nicer photos taken today, as well as some from our Florida Vacation in 2003 and several from various trips to the Henry Doorly Zoo. We hope you enjoy them.

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