If it is over 65 degrees Faranheit, the giraffes are outside in Franklin Park Zoo. If the weather is chillier, they are keeping warm in thier barn at another location and you can marvel at them there. On Sunday, it was warm enough for the giraffes to be out in the sun and they seemed to enjoy the weather. Children gawked and there were more than a five hundred strollers clogging the paths through the zoo. The strollers contained water bottles and discarded jackets. Children were everywhere underfoot.
Admission to Franklin Park Zoo costs $12 for adults and $7 for children between the ages of 2 and 12. It's not the Bronx, but for twelve bucks you get to see a tapir, a capybara, and ducks. You get to see other animals, most of them asleep and hiding. You get to see the giraffes who can't really hide. The giraffes stand in an open enclosure with a few zebras for contrast.
You have to be tolerant of children and baby-talking adults to enjoy any zoo. Today some kind of kidney reseach fundraiser was hosted by the Franklin Park Zoo. The excursion was worth the twelve dollar admission but I have to admit that Dorchester is not the Bronx. No point in fretting about that. A good time was had by all.