Dear fellow Zoochatters, maybe it's just me and my advancing nostalgia, but the zoo gift shops nowadays aren't what they used to be. These days, the few (intellectually hardly challenging) relict books, zoo journals etc. find themselves surrounded by a growing mass of garish, kitchy, mass-produced junk, mostly made out of non-recyclable plastic that contracts the "green" message some zoos pretend to convey. And worst of all: it's pretty much always the same kind of plush toys, plastic figurines, 3D postcards, ghastly clothes etc.-the only difference, if at all, is the individual logo of the zoo somewhere squeezed in. It's as if there's a giant warehouse somewhere, where all the zoos unanimously get their merchandise from. I know, I know-this is an unavoidable consequence of globalization and the increasing business attitude of zoos. However, I wonder: are there still some marvellous zoo gift shops you can recommend, may it be for selling unique, cool and interesting items or just for being "different" and worth a visit? And which zoo gift shops would you deter your fellow ZooChatter from? Looking forward to reading your suggestions, warnings etc.!