Before I knew better, we decided to visit the Bronx Zoo. Most people assume zoos are about preserving species and many zoos try to creat a natural habitat for the animals. However, for those who have visited zoos, you probably noticed animals doing things in captivity that they certainly wouldn't do in the wild. Zoos are about profit. The animals are there for profit. And expoiting animals for profit is bad. This photo shows my husband along with several children (he is a big kid) playing in a mock prairie dog bed. I have no problem with this and I wish more zoos had places like this where people could explore animal kingdoms without bothering the animals.
Fun Alternatives: Don't visit the Bronx Zoo, visit the Botanical Gardens instead. Look at birds and insects in the wild, the wilds of the Bronx.