Several folks have expressed interest in the outing, and the weather forecast is favorable, so it looks like this outing is a go.
We'll meet at the entrance to the Zoo at 9 AM. Please RSVP via this thread or email so that we will know to look for you. Our cell phone number is (719) 237-0664 in the event that you need to contact us at the last minute.
During our "scouting" trip, we carried the D3 with 200-400mm lens, tripod with wimberly head, and D2x with 70-200 VR. I lugged the D3, 200-400 and tripod all around the zoo, but didn't use them. All of our shots were taken with the D2x and 70-200 VR, so you may want to plan accordingly. Something in the 200mm range (DX/APS-C format) or 300mm range (35mm format) would be ideal. You can probably leave the flash at home, since it would probably cause distracting reflections from the glass or fence enclosures. (There are a few places to shoot over the fence line, but not many.)
This should be an excellent "practice" opportunity, and who knows, you may even get a few "keepers." We'll probably go out to lunch following the outing if anyone is interested.
Hope to see you there.