After relentlessly pursuing your home improvement obsession (at least for some of us) a little rest and relaxation is just what the doctor ordered. Everybody needs downtime, and a visit to the local zoo, for those who are lucky enough to have one nearby, is a great way to enjoy some relaxation and family time and at the same time is a great way to support a local resource.
Many zoos operate on shoestring budgets and rely on visitors to provide sufficient support to adequately feed and house the zoo's residents. The zoo does not have to be gigantic for one to have a good time as even in small zoos there are many fun and enjoyable animals to see. Zoos also make for a great learning experience for one and all to supplement what one is learning (think kids) in school or what one may have learned many years ago (think parents) in school.
Better yet, become a member. You will get free admission (or reduced admission) year round, special deals to any of a number of special events, reduced admission to other member zoos all while adding your support to keep the zoo sustainable. An added advantage of membership is that if you get frustrated trying to install a new toilet, or whatever you happen to be working on at the time, you can just drop what you are doing and head to the zoo to relax, unwind and support a local treasure all at the same time.
Additionally, being a member will allow you to visit the zoo year round, without constantly having to pay to enter, which will allow you to see the animals and their behavior during different seasons of the year. For those animals with a permanent fur coat summer can be unbearable whereas winter can be heaven. No matter how you look at it, visiting a zoo and/or becoming a member of a zoo is a win for you, a win for your community, and a win for the animals.