I have been to the Como Zoo many times, each time providing a new and exciting experience.This visit was interesting in that we were able to view the exhibits and animals through the lens of our biome and those of the partners we will be working with to create a zoo.
I was disappointed the wolves were not out, or they were not visible, as well as many of the lions. The other biomes in my group are tropical rainforest and benthic zone, which are both a little difficult to experience at the Como Zoo. One thing I did spend a lot of time in was the Polar Bear Odyssey. This is always one of my favorite attractions, but in the same breath, one of the most depressing. Unfortunately, it seems the polar bears do not have much room to swim and move around, as the enclosure is quite small given their size. Each time I have visited, the polar bear is doing the same laps from one rock to another.
To me, a zoo should be mainly informative for the viewer. The Como Zoo does do well at this, but as we mentioned in class, eager and upbeat workers are key to making this happen. Overall, this experience has allowed me to formulate a do and don't list for my own zoo between the three different biomes!