So, when we visited the Oakland zoo today, I was a bit taken aback to see this sign designating two reserved parking spots. “Animal Management Response” sure sounds like the employees who would respond when an animal escapes. I guess I should be comforted that they have designated parking spaces close to the entrance. If you and your kids are being chased through the zoo by an escaped man-eating animal, you really don’t want the response team circling the parking lot looking for parking. amiright?
Z*, a spotted hyena at the Oakland Zoo in Oakland, California.
If I had to pick one favorite species that I worked with over the summer, it would definitely be the hyenas. Since they were hand-raised by humans (we got them from a research lab), they are really sweet and they almost act like dogs. They are also just cool as a species because they have a ridiculously strong bite force (they bite through bones in seconds) and have other interesting adaptations.
(*The zoo doesn’t release the names of some of its animals for training reasons, so I’ll refer to them by the first letter of their name.)