Category Archives: Zoos & Aquariums

Philadelphia Zoo

Back to the Philadelphia Zoo with our membership and camera in tow. The kids weren’t feeling it this visit. End-of-summer malaise to the point where they really need the structure of school. Also, it was super crowded since we went on Labor Day weekend. Oh well, we got to see a fair number of baby animals.

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Monterey Bay Aquarium

Two trips this summer. Usually I only get to go once. It’s funny, as much as I prefer the local-focus of aquariums, I’ve been finding myself trying to rationalize that with how zoos are generally much much better in terms of animal husbandry and acquiring their exhibits. I love that zoos provide a place for rescued animals and are actively involved in trying to save species through breeding programs. I just dislike that they all seem to focus on the same charismatic megafauna and none of them really explain what the local wildlife scene is.

Aquariums meanwhile are almost always local but it seems like most of the animals on display are captured from the wild. I find myself increasingly wondering what the cost of this is both in terms of how many animals don’t survive their capture—or their captivity.

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San Francisco Zoo

Our yearly visit to the San Francisco Zoo. We managed to catch the Polar Bear getting a snack of a whole rabbit. It’s nice to see the zoo keeping things real and not pretending that meat doesn’t come from other animals.

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We also went across the street afterwards to spend some time at the beach—which was cold and windy just as God intended. The kids had fun playing chicken with the waves. The grown-ups tried to stay warm.

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Philadelphia Zoo

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So we bought a membership to the Philadelphia Zoo this year. Looks like we should have a lot of fun visiting it. I’ve had my rants about zoos before on this blog and I stand by the idea that I’d love to see more local animals at zoos in the same way that aquariums tend to focus on local sealife. At the same time, I have to admit that zoos are much much better than aquariums when it comes to collecting animals from the wild and breeding them in captivity.

Anyway, I should have fun photographing the animals all year too.

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Los Angeles

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Thanksgiving week in LA. Just the four of us for a small Thanksgiving too. We mostly just hung out and watched movies (including the Star Wars prequels and a bunch of Pixar I’d yet to see) all week but we did visit the zoo and take a few walks around the neighborhood.

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Adventure Aquarium

Three more trips to the Adventure Aquarium before our membership ran out. We haven’t renewed yet. It’s a decent aquarium for kids because there’s so much to touch. But it’s not a good aquarium for learning about anything.

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Monterey Bay Aquarium

Another summer, another trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

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