Checking In: Journaling, a Visit to the San Francisco Zoo, and a Black Mirror Moment With a Hippo

Checking In: Journaling, a Visit to the San Francisco Zoo, and a Black Mirror Moment With a Hippo

I haven’t visited the San Francisco Zoo in years, but El Hub and I played hooky and took Connor this week.

It’s been so long since we ventured out of town, especially south to San Francisco (I think last time was last October?), even though it’s only about 25 miles to the Golden Gate Bridge.

We packed a picnic lunch, ALL THE DISINFECTING WIPES, our Caraa masks, and headed out for the day to learn more about our animal friends.

Things are a little different.

All visits are by reservation only now to enforce a lower maximum occupancy (a maximum of 50% capacity, although there were far fewer people than that on a weekday). You can’t just show up on a whim. You have to buy tickets online beforehand for a specific time, which is great. It really seems like the zoo has taken the pandemic seriously. Plus, the animals seem very well cared for. Enclosures are large, not overcrowded, and very well maintained, and I saw a lot of animals doing casual animal things, not pacing or looking stressed.

Visitors are required to wear masks and social distance at all times, and all of the indoor exhibits are closed.

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