I'm not big on pets -- not from an animal rights perspective -- because they are smelly, dirty and they eff up their things. And I'm done for cleaning up other people's poo (with one exception, which hopefully won't be an issue soon).
So when I go to the zoo (pre-kids), the discussion always was on a 1-10 scale, the likelihood of killing an animal with a baseball bat. you are wearing jeans and a long-sleeve T-shirt. It sparks good discussion. I think a leopard clocks in around where your high school batting average was + .1, multiplied by 10.