Zany Eight Goes to the Zoo

Baileys Tres Leche, one of our favourite Mexican cakes.  Moist and chilled, great after spending the day getting hot and dehydrated at the zoo.

Baileys Tres Leche, one of our favourite Mexican cakes. Moist and chilled, great after spending the day getting hot and dehydrated at the zoo.

Our beautiful spirited son, Anders, turned a whopping 8 today, and he’s on countdown to his thirteenth.

After Mom said “We’ve had enough pizza’s for the month” back when Layne was with us, Anders had to come up with a different idea for celebrating his birthday.  And with Mom’s (unlikely) suggestion of a trip to the zoo (I don’t like the idea of supporting captive animals), he got excited.

So today was the day.  And here are just a sampling of the interesting creatures we got to see.

Note: Following pictures all taken by Maret C. Johnson

Everette doing Monkey Business

Everette doing Monkey Business

I had heard rave reports about this zoo, about the large size of the enclosures and the natural environment.  So we gave it a try.  We weren’t disappointed…well, as long as we weren’t thinking about the animals stuck in the same space day/month/year ad infinitum.

Dromedary

Dromedary

Here's Looking at You, Kid!

Here’s Looking at You, Kid!

Lots of greenery around.  Shade for people and animals.  Fresh air, streams, waterfalls, ponds and small lakes.

Lots of greenery around. Shade for people and animals. Fresh air, streams, waterfalls, ponds and small lakes.

When we arrived he was leaning right against the outside of the wall where we could hardly view one another.  But once he saw us he laid out on the grass to pose for us.

When we arrived he was leaning right against the outside of the wall where we could hardly view one another. But once he saw us he laid out on the grass to pose for us.

the striped Hiena Rayada

the striped Hiena Rayada, a favourite of many of ours.  On Nat Geo, I tend to resent the hyena, although he’s just filling his place in the web of life.  But here I found him quite fascinating, and beautiful, actually.

Lizard sunning

Lizard sunning

Squirrel monkey climbed all over Maret's head, checking her hair for bugs (hehe), & tried to take the camera away from her.

Squirrel monkey climbed all over Maret’s head, checking her hair for bugs (hehe), & tried to take the camera away from her.  As soon as he had approached us, zoo attendants came close with spray bottles of water to spray if the primates behaviour was less than stellar.

Squirrel monkey looking to see what he might be able to steal from us.

Squirrel monkey looking to see what he might be able to steal from us.

Lunch time for the parrots and us.  They got served, but we didn't.

Lunch time for the parrots and us. They got served, but we didn’t.

The parrots 'cage' was a large enclosure we entered/exited thru 2 gates. Much like where we encountered the Squirrel monkeys (and lemurs). Very cool to be in there with the animals!

The parrots ‘cage’ was a large enclosure we entered/exited thru 2 gates. Much like where we encountered the Squirrel monkeys (and lemurs). Very cool to be in there with the animals!

White Bengal Tiger

White Bengal Tiger

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