Saturday, February 5, 2011
A Zoo-per Zoo Day
After a super windy and cold week (OK, cold by Southern California standards), we decided to take advantage of the 70 degree weather and visit our favorite spot on Saturday morning...you guessed it: The L.A. Zoo! Tutu, Sir and Auntie Da joined us for the fun.
Our first stop was to visit Reggie, that naughty alligator that spent time "vacationing" in a Long Beach park creek before being caught by a crocodile hunter and coming to stay permanently in our zoo. This is the best look we've ever gotten of the elusive Reggie.
We also love the meerkats. They were quite lively this morning so Mommy, Tutu and I posed in front of them.
Then Auntie Da and I enjoyed the flamingos. Mommy says they stink a bit too much for her tastes. But they sure are pretty!
Then we started to see these wonderful elephant statues, hand painted by local artists, on the paths throughout the zoo. I think that new elephant exhibit is just around the corner...
We soon realized that the elephants can be viewed from three different points in the zoo. All we could see at this spot was elephant tushie. And VERY far away, I might add. So we moved on...
We cut through South America on our way to see some of the cold weather animals enjoying Snow Days. They put "snow" in some of the exhibits and us visitors get to see the animals play in it. Along the way, we saw three very big tortoises. Auntie Da had to hold me up to see them.
After a few snow-filled exhibits with hiding animals, we finally hit the jackpot! The tigers were loving the snow. They were even licking these ice blocks, which the volunteers told us have tiger treats inside. This is the most active we have ever seen the tigers. What a treat!
Our second amazing snow sighting was this gorgeous black bear. He was having a ball at the top of his hill.
Another first at the zoo...we saw the hippo out of the water. And we got a really good look at him and boy is he a big boy! Did you know that hippos can't swim? If they need to get across a pond or lake they take a deep breath and walk on the bottom. Neat!
And much to our chagrin, our rhino friend has still not grown his horn back. I don't know about you but I think that volunteer was fibbing when she told us it would grow back like our finger nails. We shall see...
Then we saw Mommy's favorite animals...the giraffes! Our zoo has several giraffe beauties, including a few babies. This one was munching on some leaves.
Here I am with Tutu taking it all in. This was my first time seeing live elephants since the exhibit has been under construction since I was born.
All this animal lunch eating gave us a good idea. So we ate lunch, too. I had oranges, hot dogs and a cowboy hat sandwich. Yummy!
Finally, we stopped on the way to the exit to see if the koalas were active and they were! This guy was standing on his hinds legs reaching for leaves to eat.
Mommy says it's pretty rare to see them awake during the day so we were thrilled to see these two guys active and eating in the middle of the day. Cool, huh?