Friday night we watched The Lion King on blueray. Weee! And then because I write a lot of things involving kid activities (pirate party anyone?) I had an itch to go to the zoo. So, saturday morning we headed to Oakland.
Turns out, the Oakland Zoo is a lot sadder than I thought it would be. Tiny enclosures and disgruntled monkeys.
Which I found pretty disturbing and a little scary. When Chimps are screaming and banging on the glass in aggression it’s very “WTF ARE WE DOING?!” Planet of the apes anyone?
But they had a chair lift thing where you got to fly over a lot of the animal areas and see the behind the scenes. The behind the scenes weren’t all that great – also kind of sad, but I got to see lions napping under trees, and fly so close to giraffes I felt like I could reach out and touch them. I totally couldn’t, but a girl can dream.
Ah! Why didn’t anyone tell me there was a monkey next to me in the chair lift ride?! Oh wait, that’s just Kamel.
A Camel and a Kamel! Priceless.
I never did get to see an otter.
Corn dog. (Not zoo animal related.)
The great petting zoo stand off.
The giraffes were the bestest. They rub on trees, they try to sit down as if it’s the most complicated maneuver possible, they cuddle each other and they even position themsleves for a little booty call.
And if I had gotten to see one giraffe having sex with another giraffe I would have died a happy woman. One day… one day…
Bottom Line: I think the SF zoo is better, and the Seattle zoo is even BETTER. Because they have lots of grass and space for monkeys. Zoos should be animal sanctuaries, not carnivals.