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.
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.
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)."
Many signs are fairly straightforward, yet still can bring a smile.
Most zoos forbid the feeding of animals by visitors. Some have come up with creative ways of making visitors want to obey the prohibitions.
The welfare of children is always uppermost in the minds of zoo officials. Here are several signs that prove that.
Was this next one put up in case Michael Jackson took his kids to visit the zoo?
Visitors need to be warned that some of the animals in the zoo are carnivorous. Watching them eat could be disturbing.
And, of course, after animals eat, other warnings become necessary.
A picture can be worth a thousand foreign words....
Some animal warnings are just plain bizarre.
I found these directional signs hilarious.
I don't know of any sign that can warn zoo visitors where not to stand when posing for pictures.
Do you enjoy visiting zoos? What is your favorite zoo to visit?
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