Santa Barbara Zoo

The Santa Barbara zoo seemed even smaller than Tacoma’s zoo, and though they had lions, elephants, and giraffes,


and a kids’ playground that seemed hectically popular, both for sliding,

Kids Sliding Down Hill

and riding,

Girl Riding Turtle Statue

there seemed to be a considerable focus on exotic birds, like the Inca tern, a bird I’ve never seen before, even in a zoo

Inca Tern

and more tropical birds, particularly brilliant-colored parrots,


than I’ve ever seen in a zoo before.