Let’s just say going into the #greatapes house at @smithsonianzoo wearing a #mask is not going to save you from the #fumes #ugh. I paid the price for this #footage #lol. #apes #monkeys #orangatang #gorillas #zooanimals #zoo (at Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute) https://www.instagram.com/p/CFbFvsUnbKF/?igshid=5x3nsxbvadtk
Advice for Remy, Day 125. Visit the zoo as often as possible. Once upon a time, zoos were horrible places - concrete hovels where animals were exhibited purely for the entertainment of the public. They still are in some parts of the world, but fortunately the British animal-loving nature has served to ensure that zoos in our green and pleasant land are generally well-maintained and comfortable places for animals to live, with many having all sorts of rescue and breeding programmes. We’re very lucky to have the amazing Yorkshire Wildlife Park not far from us, where we regularly go to see the lions, tigers and the incredible polar bears. It’s such an amazing, open, roomy and relaxing place where the animals have plenty of space to roam and seem extremely well looked after. Once all of these lockdown shenanigans are done with, we want to get an annual pass there to ensure we can go all the time. I’ve mentioned before how being surrounded by animals does wonders for you soul - well, I find that this is multiplied tenfold when those animals are huge brooding predators who would eat you as soon as look at you. Sitting on a bench having a sandwich while at eye level with a majestic lion, strolling past a polar bear frolicking with his toys in a lake, sharing a quiet moment while watching a tiger clean himself just like a common housecat - there really is nothing like it to remind you just how beautiful, majestic and dangerous the world can be. We’re planting the seed early on with you by ensuring you’ve been surrounded by zoo animals from the word go, such as this lovely stack of beasts atop your safari truck. However, you did proceed to smash them to the floor every time I stacked them for you, something which I hope you’ll have grown out of by the time you become a zookeeper. I believe that kind of behaviour is generally frowned upon in zoological circles.