Yesterday, we went to the National Zoo here in Washington D.C. While our son is too young to appreciate the joy of looking at caged animals, we thought he might like the day out. One of the big attractions at the zoo are the Pandas.
For those of you who don’t know, there are only about 1,000 Pandas in the wild and a few hundred in captivity. From what I can see, the big problem seems to be getting the giant beasts to stop eating and have babies. And when they do have babies to not crush them or kill them in some horrific fashion.
That being said, it’s important to study Pandas to either help save them or learn about them before they all vanish. As such, the National Zoo has a Panda Scientist workstation set up in the Panda habitat so they can be observed and valuable insights can be captured. The Panda scientist manning the booth while we were there, however, seemed to be reading a paperback novel. Either it’s the Panda version of Wuthering Heights or they’ve just run out of ideas.
On another note, the ape cages all looked a little too much like what the apes locked up Charlton Heston in in The Planet of the Apes.