This is not just directed at "mweb08", but it is simply a general post urging folks not to become critical of my reviews of their local zoos. People are so passionate about certain zoos that they fail to see the obvious flaws that are right in front of them. Please don't be critical of Baldur (whom I am quite friendly with at times on Facebook and ZooChat) and I seeing zoos that you claim "aren't anything to write home about". My wife and I have already toured Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, Zion National Park, Arches National Park, Empire State Building, the Natural History Museum and all of the major monuments and memorials in Washington, D.C., Gateway Arch, Sixth Floor Museum, The Alamo, Niagara Falls, Statue of Liberty, Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park, Alcatraz Prison, and countless other major American tourist attractions. Plus we've seen loads of top-notch establishments throughout Canada and Australia. I have deliberately set out to see ALL of America's best zoos, and that does include many smaller, perhaps slightly weaker zoos that can be toured in around 3 hours. I have loved almost all of them, as even zoos that most ZooChatters dislike such as San Antonio have a series of great new exhibits that are well worth going to. Even smaller ones like Mesker Park (terrific rainforest building), Gladys Porter (amazing collection) and Cameron Park (the surprise of the entire road trip) are fantastic to see. A couple of people were very critical of my reviews of Philadelphia and Maryland (a pair of middle of the road/average zoos), and reviewing zoos is subjective and thus what one individual likes another might dislike. One thing that I've definitely learned is that it is important to find at least 2-3 animals/exhibits/experiences at each zoo to make it worthwhile, and that the more zoos and aquariums a person sees the greater their perspective on those attractions. After this trip I will have seen just about every major zoo in the United States, and thus I have at least some appreciation for all of them and I have a fresh image of where zoos stand in my personal memory. For example, about four years ago I used to think that the Calgary Zoo in Alberta, Canada, was quite impressive, but now I realize that it is average at best and quite disappointing in comparison to many larger American zoos. Also, I was not totally thrilled with my visit to Fort Worth Zoo in Texas two years ago, but looking back and comparing it to many other zoos I now see that many of the exhibits are decent but unspectacular and the animal collection is very impressive. I have a greater appreciation for Fort Worth and I think that it might be the #2 zoo in Texas after Dallas. The bottom line is that anyone who truly loves their local zoo must venture out and see 40 or more zoos and then go back to their local zoo and see if it is still as fantastic as it once was.