We happen to live a block from the zoo in both NYC and DC, so the kid's been going to see the animals a couple of times a week since she was like two weeks old. [Not to rag too much on the neighbors, but National Zoo is one hella ghetto zoo; so much walking, so little animal payoff. I'll take OCD-addled polar bears and ex-gay penguins over an arthritic kangaroo and a panda you have to park your stroller to see any day.]
Anyway, since finding the National Geographic WildCam last week, we may never go to the zoo again. They have a webcam trained on Pete's Pond, a Botswanan watering hole 24/7 that brings all our zoo and book favorites--elephants, monkeys, zebras, ostriches (which the kid calls emus), hyenas, but alas, no penguins--right to my monitor. We watched an elephant taking a bath for like half an hour yesterday. The kid was transfixed. And now I can cut back on my trips outside by up to 35%. It's win-win!
National Geographic WildCam, live from Pete's Pond [natgeo via IP]