Yeah, I'm still fairly new to cameras in general, I can usually get pictures in focus and in the right color but my actual "artistic" value of my photos is pretty nil haha. I just really enjoy taking photos of animals.
Have fun on the zoo trip! One major tip that I learned early on with animals is you want a relatively low ISO (100-600, 800 max) with an open arpeture and a medium shutter speed. I'm not sure if your camera can control all those things but it should have the iso and shutter speed control, at the very least.
I've never had any other canon cameras, just this one, so I'm not sure about their other stuff. I just know fujifilm is a pretty solid brand and usually can take a lot of damage haha.