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Zoo Warning Signs


Did you see the news story recently about the zoo worker in Knoxville, Tennessee who was accidentally killed by an African elephant? Apparently the elephant had not been aggressive and is not considered dangerous to other workers. It's just one of the risks zoo workers take working closely with animals that weigh tons, although the zoo has made some changes since the accident. This zoo is just down the street from one of our favorite places in Knoxville — Pizza Palace. My wife told on her blog about how we discovered it.

This story got me thinking not only about the potential dangers in the zoos of the world, but also about the pictures of some zoo signs that have been sitting patiently in a folder on my computer.

Zoos really do try to warn people of potential dangers and of uncomfortable situations. Some zoo signs sugar coat their warnings with a touch of humor.

picture of funny zoo sign

I don't know what is written in the Asian language on this next sign, but the English seems to indicate that it may have something to do with reincarnation.

picture of funny zoo sign

This sign was apparently written by someone who has dealt with enough people to know that some individuals look for any loophole in defending their misbehavior, as in "You didn't say we couldn't ... (you fill in the blank)."

picture of funny zoo sign

Many signs are fairly straightforward, yet still can bring a smile.

picture of funny zoo sign

picture of funny zoo sign

Most zoos forbid the feeding of animals by visitors. Some have come up with creative ways of making visitors want to obey the prohibitions.

picture of funny zoo sign

picture of funny zoo sign

The welfare of children is always uppermost in the minds of zoo officials. Here are several signs that prove that.

picture of funny zoo sign

Was this next one put up in case Michael Jackson took his kids to visit the zoo?

picture of funny zoo sign

Visitors need to be warned that some of the animals in the zoo are carnivorous. Watching them eat could be disturbing.

picture of funny zoo sign

And, of course, after animals eat, other warnings become necessary.

picture of funny zoo sign

picture of funny zoo sign

picture of funny zoo sign

A picture can be worth a thousand foreign words....

picture of funny zoo sign

picture of funny zoo sign

Some animal warnings are just plain bizarre.

picture of funny zoo sign

picture of funny zoo sign

I found these directional signs hilarious.

picture of funny zoo sign

I don't know of any sign that can warn zoo visitors where not to stand when posing for pictures.

picture of funny zoo sign

Do you enjoy visiting zoos? What is your favorite zoo to visit?

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5 Comments on “Zoo Warning Signs”

  1. #1 Jason
    on Jan 24th, 2011 at 9:49 am

    It was weird hearing about that girl who got killed by the elephant recently because Mittu and I saw a posting on craigslist for that job not too long before that happened. We even joked about me applying to work there.

    On an more lighthearted note, that sign about reincarnation is in Hindi, so if you have any Indian friends, you may want to ask them to translate it.

    Rob adds: Thanks for your comment, Jason. That *is* weird about your having noticed a listing for that job, especially before the accident! Thanks for the tip about the language. Now to find a speaker of Hindi…. 😀

  2. #2 Michael
    on Jan 24th, 2011 at 10:14 am

    The picture of the Irish Diving Goats reminded me of a video of what are called “Tennessee Fainting Goats”. You should look it up online if you can. Apparently, these goats go running off and then whenever someone yells at them they freeze up and pass out.

    Rob adds: I just did a search for a video and found one. What a hoot! They are called mytonic fainting goats, if anyone else would like look them up. Thanks, Michael!

  3. #3 Donna Lawrence
    on Jan 24th, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    When my husband and I were dating, we went to the Riverbanks Zoo. It was a very hot day, and most of the animals were not doing much. We were at the monkey cage when one of them suddenly jumped up and headed for another monkey. A nearby mom called excitedly for her daughter to come see. Then after a horrified moment when she realized his (definitely his) motivation, she said, “Never mind!”

    It was hard to know as a dating couple how to handle that … 🙂 There should have been a warning sign!

    Rob adds: When our kids were little, we made the mistake of going to the Riverbanks Zoo in the middle of the summer — a HUGE mistake. The heat was absolutely oppressive. We’ve gone in the spring and enjoyed it infinitely more. And yes, some scenes you behold can be quite embarrassing. They can be such animals! 😀

  4. #4 Carrie
    on Jan 25th, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Thanks for the laughs! We took our kids to the Riverbanks Zoo in the summer too. The thermometer in the car said 103! I asked the kids what they liked best, and little wilted Elizabeth (3? at the time) said, “Nuffing.”

    Rob adds: I feel her pain! 😀

  5. #5 Laura B
    on Jan 27th, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    When I was younger, we lived near the Philadelphia Zoo, and it was neat to see back then — they had a polar bear exhibit on 2 levels . . . the upper level was the usual outdoor exhibit area, including a pool where the bears could cool off. The lower level was a glassed-in wall of the pool, so you could see them swimming underwater, similar to the penguin exhibit at Riverbanks, which I also like.

    Rob adds: Thanks for the comment, Laura. I especially enjoy seeing things like you’ve described where the zoo designers have tried to make an interesting, stimulating environment for animals which are also enjoyable for the human visitors.