Most of us are familiar with an online system that rates certain products and services. We have frequented websites such as Amazon or eBay that help consumers by rating products, services, and even sellers. Earlier this week, this online system has been used to rate certain animals at the zoo. The ratings have gone viral with several zoos posting their ratings of different animals on their official social media pages.
One of the establishments at the forefront of this trend has been the Oregon Zoo. They started around March 9 when they tweeted out a picture of a river otter with a 4-star review. All tweets have been shared with the hashtag #rateaspecies. Shervin Hess, who runs the digital media at the zoo, said that he got the idea when he saw a review for hiking boots that reminded him of the animal. Since then several zoos, aquariums, and even science museums have followed suit.
“Overall very good first impressions,” tweeted the Oregon zoo about the otter, “Sturdy built, totally winter-ready and waterproof. Only comes in brown but that’s actually a plus for me.” Hess then followed the tweet with reviews of other animals, with each one receiving a four-star rating. Soon other zoos and shelters started tweeting with the same hashtag.
The Yosemite Conservancy wrote that the Pika was “High-quality squeak system, thrives in rocky situations.” They also added that it “maybe TOO cute and a potential pun hazard.” Other tweets from other zoos included those for red pandas, lizards, birds, and even reviews for weird looking fish from aquariums.