I'm not one of those animal rights activits that think zoos should be outlawed. In fact, I love zoos.
However, Riverbanks makes me cry every time I see the Polar Bear exhibit. Why?
Well, firstly, Columbia is quite hot in the Summertime--I'd assume muc hotter than the artic circle gets during its summer.
Secondly, the bear is given a peice of white styrofoam as a pretend ice-block to play around with. For some reason, that just makes me really sad. Oh and the bears don't look too happy either. Of course, they're in weather that's about 9x's hotter than their normal climate. I suppose I'd be a little cheesed off if I were them too.
I do like the giant tortise they have there. It's quite friendly and will follow you around without any provocation.
The monkeys are funny, although the monkey house should be rated "R" because of some of the monkey hi-jinx I've seen occur there. Parents, be warned!
If you go to the zoo between May - October, make sure to bring sunscreen and lots of water. It gets REALLY hot in Columbia, so don't get dehydrated or sunburnt!
Like every other zoo in existance, I've never been to Riverbanks when all exhibits are open at once. I think that's one of the signs of the end of times, so perhaps I shouldn't want all the exhibits to be open at once.
Oh and the pengin house is kind of miserable looking too. THe penigins are segregated behind this fully-glassed enclosure. The room itself is kind of steamy, but I'm sure (I hope) that the parts the penguins live in would be better temperature controlled.
There's a rainforest walk through where you can see animals and they even make it rain, complete with thunder and lightening effects. THAT is pretty interesting. The exhibit is laid out so that the animals have cover, but aren't so covered that you can't see them. Lots of birds and monkeys!