Spent yesterday morning at the zoo and had a great time. The grounds looked wonderful with all the flowers and plantings. I thought the staff was very nice but then they may have been especially welcoming because we started the day at the Members Breakfast. Walking around later, we had on our Member badges and were greeted several times by staff members and thanked for our support. We rode the Carousel, visited the Butterfly House and hiked around to see our favorites: the big cats, the dolphins, the bears and the wolf pack. For families living in the area, I'd recommend they check out the membership packages. They may find a yearly family pass is a better deal than paying for one time admissions, all the added attraction fees and parking. Then they can visit several times a year and attend some of the special events. Another way to save is to pack a picnic lunch. There are many nice areas for sitting and relaxing. Kids will love the playgrounds.