We all see the signs at various exhibits – PLEASE DO NOT TAP ON THE GLASS. We have all also seen the people (children and adults alike) banging on the glass trying to get the animals’ attention. This is a huge pet peeve of mine, especially if there’s a sign.
1) If there’s a sign, chances are the animals in that display are sensitive to noise or motions of that nature. The signs are there for the welfare of the animals.
2) Even if there are no signs stating it – tapping on glass is annoying to everyone around you and it’s distracting to anyone else trying to enjoy the exhibit.
3) Children: If your child is tapping on the glass it is a good opportunity to teach respect – both for the animal as well as the zoo property itself. If they can’t stop tapping on the glass, then they shouldn’t be near the glass in the first place.
4) Probably half the people I see tapping on glass are adults – either parents trying to get the animals attention so it will look at their child, or photographers trying to get a good picture. This bugs me most of all as it is these people who should be setting an example for the children. Also, as a good photographer you MUST learn the art of patience.
5) One word: FINGERPRINTS.
6) I believe it bugs me most of all since I have worked in the field. I have personally witnessed that tapping on windows, yelling at the animals, and honking horns has virtually no effect on the animals behaviour in a positive way, if anything the animals will move away from you. You will not get a better picture. In turn you will just irritate other guests and workers.
So let’s all work together to stop the window tappers, it will create a more enjoyable experience for both the viewers and the animals. The glass will be cleaner for those photos as well!!