National Zoo Opening Time

You would think that the director of the Smithsonian National Zoo would know better than to mess with Pinky, not to mention Pinky’s fans. And this is not even taking into account the number of cars that use the zoo route to speed their morning commute. Looks like with the changes for the National Zoo opening time, gridlock will not only be happening in Congress.

Washington DC luminaries, such as DC Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, have weighed in on the controversy as well. This is going to be one big mess, come six AM tomorrow morning.

Well, they ain’t heard nothin’, until they’ve heard from Pinky!

I think we'll call this little debacle: Open Late Gate

I think we’ll call this little debacle: Open Late Gate

As I mentioned on Friday, I’m not really one to make New Year’s resolutions, but I will say this: 2016 is going to be a rip roaring year, politically speaking. There will be lots of rhetoric ripping the air, and The Panda Chronicles will be no exception. Cartooning has a long history in politics, in fact, most of the earliest cartoons were political in nature. Last year I visited the Cartoon Museum in Brussels, Belgium, and saw several exhibits that brought that fact home.


Yes, I have my own point of view, and it may or may not agree with yours, so let’s agree now that if we disagree, we will still be civil about the whole thing and listen to each other’s point of view. And let’s check our facts before we get our panties in a twist, okay?

That said, I can’t be responsible for Pinky’s opinions. Pinky’s opinions have always been her own.

Stay tuned in right here, to hear more from Pinky later this week about her views on the Zoo’s change of opening time. It is a matter of earthshaking importance. (At least as far as Pinky is concerned.)

And keep Being the Bear, Okay?
Bob T. Panda

By the by, Vicky Vladic and I just had another cuppycake recipe posted on They Draw and Cook’s website! You can find it here

10 thoughts on “National Zoo Opening Time

  1. Jayelle (@GreenEyedLilo)

    I’ve heard from people in DC who like to jog with the pandas and other animals, too. That’ll suck for them. Bubba looks *so* cute, and Pinky was adorable helping him dress! Of course she’s angry that she’s got less time to show off!

    1. Panda in Chief Post author

      Pinky is a good big sister. Equal parts being helpful and torturing her little brother. Tomorrow morning will be telling as the post holiday Monday morning commute ramps up. One article I read talks about the people who have been able to walk through the zoo on their way to work, being able to cut as much as 2 miles off of their walk.
      Maybe the zoo does not have a “responsibility” to give these people a shorter route to work, but I think we can agree that when you have a warm, friendly feeling about an organization, you are more willing to support it in multiple ways, including financially.
      This decision was short sighted in the extreme.
      And of course, he made Pinky mad.

    1. Panda in Chief Post author

      Pinky has a fur trigger temper, that’s for sure! But she does love her little brother and is looking forward to having I’m as a campaign stooge ally. What are younger siblings for, if not to torment from time to time?

    1. Panda in Chief Post author

      She tries to be a good big sister. I’m not sure Mei believes she will be a good influence, as Bubba idolizes his big sister. This situation could be ripe for exploitation.


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