I have purposely avoided writing about the Bronx zoo because I really want to show that there’s way more going on in the Bronx than just the zoo. But I guess I had to address the elephant in the room eventually (pun not intended).
Let me start off by saying that Wednesdays (suggested donation day) are the absolute worst fucking day to go to the zoo. Seriously. Don’t do it. The zoo is filled with little human animals running wild while their parents try to run you over with their strollers or see their child kick you and don’t say anything. It’s almost as bad as Times Square. /end rant.
Like many Bronxites, I spent a good deal of my childhood at the Bronx Zoo, the closest to nature I’m willing to get at this point. Aside from the closing of the monkey house, much of the zoo is as I remember it from my countless school field trips. As a semi-adult, I do feel conflicted about zoos – Have you ever seen the gorillas’ faces in the Congo Gorilla Forest? They look hopelessly depressed and bored out of their minds. Even that one crocodile/alligator (never could tell the difference and don’t particularly care to find out. They creep me out either way.) definitely doesn’t have any space to move around in that cramped little tank. But at the same time, I do enjoy seeing the lemurs and sea lions do their thing.
The highlight of my trip was seeing “The Wild Forest: A Lego Safari.” It’s been out for a couple of months, so it’s not new by any means, but it’s the sort of thing you have to see in person. The pictures do not do it justice (I’ve included them anyway, of course).