I recently visited Tobe Zoo, again, hopefully for the last time. I really hope the teachers can come up with something more creative next year for the middle schoolers who have all been there before. Probably more than once, if the number of kindergarten and elementary schoolers present every time is anything to go by.
I haven't visited any zoos since I was about six—probably because the average person visits a zoo three times in their life: as a young child, as a parent, and as a grandparent—and I've only achieved phase one thus far. So the point is that I can't really compare this zoo to any other, because I have no experience. I do however imagine that there must be zoos out there that look less like prisons for bored animals.
See for yourself.