When I lived in New York City, there were plenty of zoos to chose from. There was the Bronx Zoo, the Central Park Zoo, and the Queens Zoo. Living in Northern Virginia, the nearest zoo is in Washington, DC. It's not the biggest of zoos, but it has many charming creatures and, like most attractions in DC, it's free.
It was my first visit to this zoo and we were only there for a few hours. The day was hot and the zoo was crowded, but it was still a fascinating place. I managed to snag a few pictures that made the day worthwhile.
Some technical notes: The pictures were taken with my Panasonic DMC-LF1 camera and post processing was done with LightZone 3.