Love the Lord your God, listen to His voice and hold fast to Him, for the Lord is your life! Deut. 30:20

Friday, January 27, 2012

The zoo

We have a season pass to the zoo and with the nice days we are having, that was a must to go take an afternoon to go.
If you ever go, be sure to check the times when you can watch them feed the animals and also interact with zoo keepers to learn more about the animals! We were told when we checked into the zoo that the zoo keeper would be with the elephants in 15 minutes so that was the 1st place we went. They animal trainers have the animals follow commands (did you know elephants can skip??) so they can check their health.

You can ask questions like what are their names, or how long have you had them? This pair came from South Africa and are almost 20 years old. Not expected to live too much longer I guess.

The kids always like to stop at the Nganda park at the zoo to play. We had taken along some of our chocolately chocolate chip cookies for a snack. We fed the little birdies a few crumbs too.

The girls are not fond of the gorillas and would NOT go into the exhibit. But we did look at them from a safe distance.

They are not afraid of the tigers though. (I think if I had to choose, I would rather meet up with a gorilla than a tiger in real life!)
We went to the tigers when the zookeeper was there also. The tiger learns commands so they can check his overall health. He even jumped up on the screen and also growled on command. When he would do what they wanted, they would feed him some raw hamburger on this stick. Amazing to watch.
They are looking into a breeding program for these tigers soon.

After leaving the zoo, we went around the corner to the county park. It is a fun park!

I took the tired kids and (a tuckered out old grandma) home!

1 comment:

Marc, Sarah, and Luke said...

Luke & I went on a day in early January...we had a good time! We too watched the tiger obey commands for meat :). I asked about the meat, & the zookeeper said it was actually "horse meat with some added nutrients".