I'm a mom of 2 preschoolers I joined the Beardsley Zoo as something to get the kids out of the house. When we joined in Aug 2003 it was ok, not great, a little worn and shabby, more of a place to let the kids run around and ride the Merry go round a couple of times. Well we returned August 2005 before our 2nd annual membership ran out and the improvements made are VERY noticeable. There is just a more cheerful pride to the place, the Merry go round is refurbished, the picnic area has been spruced up, the new Aviary is really pretty, and the soon to be done wolf observation area looks impressive. This zoo in the past has looked a little tired and sad but now it looks like it has turned around for the better. We'll be back.