This past weekend we visited the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston. I must admit that I feel very conflicted about zoos and I think that there are convincing arguments both for and against them. But, in general, I think it’s a good thing that there are places where injured animals can be rehabilitated, or where endangered animals can be protected (like tigers, of which there are heart-breakingly few left in the world). I haven’t visited that many zoos, but the Franklin Park Zoo was surprisingly large, and had a wide variety of interesting animals that seemed to be well-cared for. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a gorilla as close up as I did at this zoo; it was a little uncanny because they are very human looking in real life, especially their eyes. Also, tapirs are surprisingly enormous and they make ridiculous faces (my husband says they remind him of Jon Lovitz – ha!). Both kids enjoyed the zoo very much, and Lillia had a particularly good time. Here are some of the animals we saw.
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Kelli lives in rural New Hampshire with her husband Damian and their two children. She works as a writer, and in her free time enjoys reading, gardening, taking pictures, walking in the woods, and celebrating the seasons of nature and the feasts, festivals, and holy days of the Christian year.