I went to the Nashville Zoo and what did I see, but a meerkat or two.
They sure are not shy animals and since I was using my 70-300mm lens, it was very easy to get up close and personal. You can see how close we were by looking at the reflection in this guy's eye.
I'm also not sure if it was the recent repair work on my Canon 40D (maybe), my skills improving (doubtful) or my just getting lucky (probably) but I was pretty happy with how well focused my shots at the zoo were. That's unfortunate for you since that means you will get to see a lot more animal pictures. :)