Posted Jan 18 2010
A spontaneous visit to one of Oakland's gems. The day was overcast and the closing time wasn't too far off but I decided to go anyway. I'm an animal lover, but have mixed feelings about zoos. It's sad to see animals such as tigers and elephants confined to relatively small spaces. Watching chimpanzees watch us is always strange. Having said that, I get positive vibes from the Oakland Zoo staff and considering the alternatives for some of these animals (the tigers came from a circus), as well as their ability to make us care about their habitats, I'm not going to throw the baby out with the bath water!