zoos are great and i went to two of the best in the US, if not the world, over the last few weeks: the san diego and st louis zoos. in st louis, the new penguin and puffin cove is great, especially as an escape to those unbearably humid days the gateway city has. in san diego, they’ve got the famous, though endangered, giant pandas. the hope is that one of the three may be pregnant. click the thumbnails for a larger version of each and excuse the relaxed pose of gao gao.