San Diego Zoo Safari Park – Random Photo

A quiet moment for an ape at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

There but for the grace of a few chromosomes go I.

In many ways, I don’t want to like places like the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

That’s because, genetically, not much separates me from being 0n the inside looking out. And sure, some wiseguys might say not much separates me hygienically.

I peer into the ape habitat at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and marvel. And I feel … almost a voyeur. What’s on your mind, my nearly human friend? What’s it like for you to look out and see us watching you every day?

There’s nothing like seeing an ape. And few of us will ever see one in the wild, or so close. That makes a visit to a place like the San Diego Zoo Safari Park a real opportunity to get some understanding of the world. As cool as it is to see an ape or a big cat or a rare species of bird, there’s also something slightly disquieting about a zoo. Especially with an ape – there’s an echo of humanity in every facial expression and gesture.

It’s hard to think of  the San Diego Zoo Safari Park  as a zoo, really. It’s not like the zoos of the old days, all huge metal cages that look like a maximum-security prison. And you could argue that many of the animals have better lives here.

But something about this ape – its slumped posture and blank face – makes me wonder if it would agree.

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