I couldn't find a thread like this anywhere else, but I wanted to discuss the animals that are the first you see when you walk into any zoo. What are the most common? Most unusual? What ones work the best? Etc I feel like the most common choices would be things like meerkats, flamingos, penguins, maybe otters. Things interesting enough to grab a visitor's attention but not too flashy that they have no reason to walk around the rest of the zoo (I think elephants at Chester, especially free-for-view elephants, is quite odd). I grew up with mid-2000's Edinburgh Zoo, so Sea Lions seem like a normal one for me, though I gather they were a bit unusual. I think it worked well for Edinburgh. Other ones I've seen are the meerkats at modern Edinburgh, the flamingos at San Diego, the yak/camel/kiang at HWP, the 'Oasis' exhibit at DAK, sea lions again at Central Park, and capuchin monkeys at Lisbon.