An arresting figure at corner of 4th and Market:
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Here’s what’s up at our San Francisco Zoo on the day before Thanksgiving:
“Today, the Zoo’s lemurs received a Thanksgiving feast of some of their favorite foods – green beans; a fruit salad of apples, bananas, and grapes; sweet potatoes; and turkey made out of monkey chow. Their glasses were filled with apple juice. Sitting politely at a formal table, the lemurs sat respectfully and then ventured onto the table to enjoy their feast.”
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Now, check out their hours of operation:
SAN FRANCISCO ZOO LEMUR FUN FACTS:
The Zoo has a group of 15 lemurs on Lemur Forest – six ring-tailed, four red-ruffed, three black and whites; two blacks. There are nearly 100 species of lemurs in Madagascar today.
Endemic to the island of Madagascar off the coast of Africa, lemurs were named after the lemures or the ghosts/spirits of Roman mythology.
Lemurs can be very small, weighing as little as 1 oz., or up to 20 lbs.
Like their wild counterparts, the Zoo’s lemurs can be very vocal. Their loud calls can be heard throughout the day. However, they also communicate with scents by scent marking with urine as well as rubbing the scent glands located on their wrists on trees, bushes and the ground.
Lemurs are classified as threatened or endangered. They only inhabit approximately 10% of the island of Madagascar. Deforestation, hunting for bushmeat by native inhabitants, and live captures for the pet trade are the culprits of their decline in numbers.
Most lemurs are arboreal, thus the Zoo’s Lemur Forest is a perfect environment for them. The lemurs can be seen clinging to trees and leaping throughout the day.
When you’re in training for the rigorous straight-outta-British Columbia Justin Herman Plaza Zipline, well, you need to exercise and eat right.
And after your work out, what could more entertaining than noshing on this still-life tabletop tableau?
See? The gorgeous green Granny Ramsey Smith* apples** are the eyes. They’re from the Yakima Valley, all the way up there near the aforementioned B.C., Canada.
Does the fact that they are from a thousand li away upset you?
Should that upset you?
*Call them “baking apples” and I’ll cut you. Super-crunchy Grannies like these are for eating, not baking.
**Leave us not discuss Costco’s bananas in the 415 area. They are consistently substandard, IMO.
Are Pink Lady apples really pink? Sort of. Are they kind of new? Yes, from Australia originally, they got started just three decades ago. Are they gaining in popularity? Yes. Are they expensive? Sort of, but Costco has them for a bit more than a dollar a pound, or fifty cents for each small apple. Do they really taste like champagne? No.
Here they are, straight out of Yakima, your 2009 Piiiiink Ladies!:
Not to be confused with the other Pink Lady, named for this duo (or trio, if you include Solid Gold host Jeff Altman) from the 1970’s. This is what variety shows were like, kids, before teh Internets.
No, we’re talking about this, 14 for $6.99. (Is Washington State too far away from us for truck farming? Mmmmm.)
Either way, they’re sweet and super crisp and num, num, num.
Jen and Mark just moved into their new San Francisco apartment, so all their new neighbors get FREE ORGANIC APPLES. Why is everybody so friendly in this town?
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