I love going to the zoo. They serve an important function in the conservation of these amazing animals. Brookfield Zoo here in Chicago is no exception. Much of their work, besides creating a fun zoo to wander, is in helping many different species of animals to survive and thrive. In fact, each of the signs describing the animals has a meter that shows where it is on the scale of wild populations. Many of the animals at Brookfield, sadly, are endangered in the wild.
When my husband and I visited recently, we lucked out: the pair of snow leopards had fallen asleep right next to the glass in the viewing area. I got to sit on the ground, not two feet away from them, and study them for a full twenty minutes.