Say what you'd like, the Erie Zoo is a step above the rest and when you compare it to others in larger cities, it ranks as well if not in some areas better. They are constantly trying to keep the Zoo up to date. New animals slowly come in one by one (not quite Ark like in 2 by 2's but they're trying!) and new babies are being born often. New birth at a zoo means one thing, the zoo is doing things right. This also helps to purchase or trade for other animals to other zoos.
The Erie Zoo has a much smaller area to work with then the other surrounding, larger zoos but yet it still maintains nearly as many animals. What I love most is that you don't walk for miles, like some zoos, and see nothing. Every step there is something to view.
The new Asian area is wonderful. Not only does it contain many wonderful animals in the exhibit, including a baby orangutan, but it also makes the walk through interesting for kids with hands on, push button questions and answers areas.
During the summer hours a wonderful old train ride can be taken for very little cost. Travel through parts of the zoo in style as you get a tour of the new children's area and a special section saved just for the train riders. A carousel ride is always a must for kids young and old. The indoor exhibits offer more to look at on rainy, colder days than on sunny warm ones when many of the animals are let out to their outdoor pens. You can always enjoy the beautiful and oldest female gorilla in captivity, Samantha. While Sam may seem bored at times, she's far from it. She watches tv back in her private area, plays with visiting mice, and believe it or not watches the visitors as intently as they watch her. She's wonderful.
Membership is a must for anyone visiting, not only because you can access the Erie Zoo free once the membership is purchased but many others throughout the US and Canada.