It is kinda weird to be on the same subway car for almost an hour. Mostly because EVERYBODY gets off in Manhattan and new people get on. The subway is (mostly) meant to take people TO Manhattan from Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx. Whatever, it goes from Brooklyn to The Bronx too.
Before we even got to the Zoo we saw the rare black squirrel. Not so many in Kings County.
Also as we walk along Boston Rd to the Zoo I notice this display in a ground floor window. Kinda cute. Kinda creepy.
So we jumped on the naturally air-conditioned Wild Asia Monorail. We were lucky enough to get into the front car with the driver/guide. Joel definitely deviated from his prescribed script and made the ride that much more fun. Her is the view of the Bronx River. You can find a billion photos of the red panda, I thought this was cool.
We also rode the Zoo Shuttle. Again we got the front seat. I asked the driver where the best water fountain was in the Zoo. I told him how offended I was that the Zoo promotes "ecology" and"sustainability" yet at the same time sells plastic bottles of water and does not properly maintain the drinking fountains. (Nothing has changed in the past year) He told me where it was and that he could drop us there if his boss was not around because it was not a bus stop. (It was outside the restrooms near the main gift shop.) I like this photo of the back of the driver's head. You can see a little of my son in the rear view mirror.
Last Summer we played in a playground funded by Tiki Barber. It was really great to have a place for kids to get physical when they have been "walking" and "looking" for a while. Today we looked for it and instead found a Dora the Explorer 4-D theater. Not the same thing. NOT. But the nice people working there told me that on most Saturdays they have over 5,000 visitors. I guess it is not so bad.
I love the Congo Exhibit. It is absolutely breathtaking. They have a short film about the Congo and man's impact on it's environment. When it ends the screen goes up and the curtains behind it part to give the people that have been looking at the move a grand view of the exhibit. So I gotta post one touristy photo.