One of the good things about working at or attending a university is that there are always various things to do either on or around campus. Last night the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences had a free event at the Columbus Metropolitan Zoo for all OSU students, staff, faculty members and up to 3 guests per person. There was free food in the way of cookout fare (hot dogs, hamburgers, etc.), free rides on the carousel and prizes given away at the end of the night for those who participated in a scavenger hunt during the evening. It ended at 11:00pm but I only stayed until about 9:30. The Columbus Zoo is a very nice zoo but last night's event wasn't too great. It was a wonderful event for the university to have but a lackluster trip to the zoo. It was the first time in years that I had been to the zoo at night and I have to say that it is not the best time to go, unless it is winter during the light exhibits. There's just not that much lighting around a lot of the exhibits and they suffer or fail because of it. Plus, there was more construction going on and some of the animal exhibits were closed. Part of the reason for the closed exhibits, however, is due to the recent animal deaths at the zoo. In just the past few weeks 2 girraffes and 2 zebras have died.
It was a good evening though, because I ran into a few people from work, saw a couple other people I've met previously and got a few photos of the Gibbons and Kangaroos. So, it was a pretty good time. I'll have to go back on a nice day in the morning though for some better photographs.