Look at sweet old "Kiri", the Fresno Zoo's Malayan tiger. Check her out the next time you go and you'll see how bored off her fucking ass she is. She needs some space to run, maybe pounce on a gopher or two. She'll get that space if the Zoo is able to go through with its expansion plan.
The Roeding family is not happy with this. They came down from their Bay Area homes, as they do when these things come up, and said that Roeding is meant for grass and trees and stuff. That's nice, we like grass and trees too - they're pretty awesome and Fresno could use more. But, frankly dudes, you haven't lived in Fresno for a generation or two or something, so we kinda don't care what you have to say. Roeding Park is Fresno's, not some San Francisco family's.
While we do agree with some of the comments on the fresnobee.com thread, saying it would be better to take up some of the land on the other side of Belmont for parking and what not. But we don't agree with the batshit crazy Northies that want the Zoo moved, well, North.
If we want a better Zoo and we need to eat up some grass and trees to do it, we will. We don't feel good about it, being Tree Fresno supporters and all, but we're doing it. It's what Kiri would want.
*Photo stolen from Wendell Paypa.