A Day at the Zoo
Trip Start Dec 27, 2010
106Trip End Aug 15, 2011
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Within about half an hour, we arrived at the zoo. It was bursting with towering trees and shrubs of all sorts, which was such a welcome sight, as the heat was sinking in. Pathways lead through the trees to the various exhibits, and there are lots! Among the smaller creatures there, we saw so many varieties of monkeys, lizards, four-legged furry things (including badgers), snakes, birds, ants, and fish. Moving along to the bigger creatures, we saw giraffes, lions, tigers, a cheeta, antelope, mountain goats, moose, polar bears, hippos and elephants! It was amazing to watch these animals move around, eat, and interact with one another
One thing that was really nice was that the animals seemed to have good spaces to live in. Of course it is confined, but the zoo seems to have made a real effort to accommodate the animals with space (often resembling their natural habitat) for them to spread out, play and exercise -- to the extent that they can in a zoo. They are currently working on a larger new area for the elephants, hippos and giraffes.
One of the real highlights at the zoo -- and there were many -- were the gorillas. They were incredible to watch, and we spent a long time watching one in particular; a huge silverback male who lay down right up to the glass in front of us and chewed on some shoots he was feeding on. He would chew a little and strech a little and look at us and chew some more. It was a very special opportunity to watch this amazing animal.
Even still, as wonderful as this zoo is, we couldn't help but feel that some of the animals would rather be somewhere else. That is probably always the way.
PS. Photo credits to Alison ;)