In the enclosures we watched lions and a leopard. There was a chimpanzee, and various herbivores, like antelope, impala, zebra, water bucks, and buffalo.
The zoo was full of school groups. Each different school wore a different uniform and they decorated the zoo more than the animals. The most colorful was a uniform in pink and deep purple. The children smiled and waved at us. One little girl startled me by sinking to her knees and bowing her head in front of me. I have never been treated that way, and I had no idea how to respond. All day I've been thinking of things I should have said. Otherwise, the presence of school groups felt very familiar. I'm glad that so many children got to visit the zoo.