If you have young children, chances are you're a regular at your local zoo. However, when I proposed a zoo outing to a group of friends last month many of them hadn't been for years! Most cities have a zoo within an hour's drive, so on your next free day, why not visit it? There are a ton of benefits to a zoo visit:
★Exercise -- walking is one of the best forms of exercise for you.
★Seeing new animals and learning about their habitats -- learning keeps the brain sharp and focused, and you might learn something fun to share with friends and family.
★Getting surprised by new experiences -- I've been to the Woodland Park Zoo many times, but I'd never been to the Willawong Station exhibit until I visited in February. You can buy millet on a stick for a dollar and get swarmed by parakeets, cockatiels, and parrots!
★Supporting habitat protection and species conservation with your entrance fee -- zoos not only use your money for animal upkeep, but also to help educate people locally and internationally about the need to protect endangered species and environments.
★If you go with friends or family; a great opportunity for social bonding. If you go by yourself; time to wander exactly at your own pace and maybe sharpen your photography skills.
★Baby animals!!! Need I say more??
Connect with a piece of nature you may not normally get to experience. Mix it up and head to your local zoo today!