welcome to my first blog. i chose the san francisco zoo as my subject for many reasons, mostly its a place very dear to me and i love all the residents. i'm an sf native, lifelong visitor and member. i have many fond memories of the zoo including the one above, taken at a member's night event many years ago when you could feed the giraffes! it was one of those things that make you just go wow! ... i suffered a huge loss last summer and the zoo was one of the only places i could go and dilute my thoughts for even a handful of moments. spending more time than ever there, i got to know more about the residents from both watching them and chats i'd be lucky to have with keepers. those experiences made my visits richer. i've always loved animals, but now that i know them, most by name, i've come to care even more about them. i have an emotional stake in their lives. my hope with this blog is to familiarize everyone who stops here, with the residents there. i hope feeling like you know them, will not only enrich your visit to the zoo, as it has mine, but increase your interest in its welfare, for the sake of these residents. ... please follow this blog and me (leo811) on twitter for updates! thank you. ... click on the blog title to the left to be taken straight to the most current post! enjoy!