I saw an article online yesterday saying that the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington DC will reopen to the public on July 24. There is so much to see and do in our nation’s capital that we’ve never made time for that, but maybe we should someday.
Do any of you go to zoos locally, or in your travels around the country? In all of our years as fulltime RVers, I don’t know that we ever went to a zoo, and I’m not sure why not. We have visited the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park here in Florida a couple of times, where they take in injured animals and rehab them, and we have always enjoyed it.
My earliest memories of a zoo were someplace in Texas. It was a drab facility with animals pacing around in cages, which made me feel sorry for them. Even as a little kid, I remember thinking that was a terrible way to live for something that should be running wild and free. I know that many people feel that way about all zoos, but these days, many zoos are doing a lot of work and research to protect and preserve species that would otherwise be extinct.
We lived in Toledo, Ohio when I was in high school, and I went to the zoo there quite often. Back then, it also had a lot of animals in cages, along with some excellent outdoor exhibits. I had a girlfriend who volunteered at the zoo every summer and I would hang out there to be around her as much as anything else. I haven’t been back to the Toledo Zoo in many years, but from what I understand, it’s now a world-class facility. The next time we get up in that direction, I want to go.
For the last few months, Terry and I have been watching the different Secrets of the Zoo programs on television. They focus on zoos in Tampa, Florida, Columbus, Ohio, one in North Carolina, and the Taronga Zoo in Australia. They are all excellent shows that give you an idea of what goes on behind the scenes in caring for the animals. Terry and I both said that would be a great job if we were younger.
I think one of these days we need to visit Tampa and see the zoo there. It would make a good excuse for a road trip. Then again, who needs an excuse for a road trip, right?
Speaking of zoos, the other night we watched The Zookeeper’s Wife on Netflix. If you have not seen it yet, I highly recommend it. It’s the true story of the family who ran the Warsaw Zoo and how they hid over 300 Jews there from the Nazis during World War II, saving them from certain death. While many of the zoo’s animals perished during the war, the same family was able to reopen it, and the zoo is still there today if you ever get to Warsaw.
Congratulations Joanne M Harnit, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of Big Lake Scandal, the fifth book in my Big Lake mystery series. We had 46 entries this time around. I will not be running a drawing for the next three weeks because we will have visitors from out of town and I don’t have time to maintain the entries. Note: Due to the high shipping cost of printed books and Amazon restrictions on e-books to foreign countries, only entries with U.S. addresses and e-mail addresses are allowed.
Thought For The Day – Zoo animals are ambassadors for their cousins in the wild. – Jack Hanna