Well, this zoo trip didn't go exactly as planned, but we still had fun. We were in Birmingham with some friends, and decided to go to the zoo when we were finished. We grabbed some lunch, and then headed to the zoo, but found out when we bought tickets that they were closing early for a Halloween activity. We nearly ran through the zoo to see our favorite animals; we did catch a special exhibit with the lions where the zoo keepers were demonstrating how they trained them using commands and treats through a sturdy metal fence. It was pretty awesome, and they've added a few new animals since we were there last, so we got to see some black bears and baby monkeys & orangutans along with our regular favorites.