Jacksonville Zoo, HEAL Walk

Trip Start Jan 03, 2013
Trip End Mar 20, 2014

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Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens
Read my review - 3/5 stars

Flag of United States  , Florida
Sunday, April 21, 2013

Asked by friends earlier in the month to participate in the HEAL walk/fundraiser for Autism, we joined the 'Aussies for Autism' group and set off to the Zoo.

A little bit of a drive from our new home in Fleming Island, we arrived late and set off on our own hoping to see a few others that we knew along the way.

With Aussie hats on we set off towards the animals and wondered at our own pace throughout the Zoo.

Meeting some exotic animals along the way, we also saw Kangaroos. Being typically Aussie, we just said 'meh seen those' and kept walking to the next exhibit.

Zoe finally got to see some giraffes up close though. We were even going to feed them and in line ready to do so. Unfortunately, the giraffes weren't interested in the meal on offer and wouldn't come over to the feeding platform. 

Seeing all the usual animals that are typically on display at a zoo, we entered upon the reptile enclosure. Here were the snakes of Florida. I'm not to keen on looking...nor the girls, but Greg had a good look at all the poisonous snakes that are located in the area. We thought we would be free of snakes while here, but around the streets and definitely in friends gardens we have encountered many.

While in the reptile enclosure, Zoe made friends with a tortoise. This cute little creature would swim around the tank following Zoe's finger on the glass. It was either really well trained or really hungry and thought of Zoe's finger as a delicious snack.

Moving on we did bump into a few friends that we knew, and was told that there was a play area and carousel. Ok off we went in that direction. One of the rides was the Ice Age Movie 4D experience. Strapped into our seats with 3D glasses on, we weaved left, right, up and down as we watched Seth the Sloth look after his new egg babies that he found. All was good until they hatched into dinosaurs and the Mummy dinosaur came looking for them. 

Further past the play area we ventured. Not realising that there was more to see, we visited the butterfly enclosure then onto the dinosaur exhibit. Apparently, dinosaur fossils were found in the area so they are building a new exhibit. The one the have already was still interestingly strange. We walk over a misty wooden bridge to a winding dirt track. And in the bushes are dinosaurs. You just think that they are huge plastic replica's until it moves it's head and opens it's mouth and raw's at you. One even spits it's 'venomous fluid' unexpectedly at you. That caught Zoe and I by surprise and we shouted out.

Another adventure complete. This was a beautiful little zoo, and we will most likely go back for another visit during our time here in Jacksonville.
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