On Monday we went to the zoo. Oh, our zoo. It took us maybe 45 minutes to see everything. Probably more like 30 minutes. Yes, it's that small. They are working on expanding and building it up. But, of course, it is taking a while.
After the zoo, we took a quick drive to another part of the park for a picnic. What serendipity, my husband made burgers the night before. It was nice and hot!
Unfortunately, I can't remember what kind of snake this guy was. As far as snakes go, he's pretty cute
This is a red-tailed hawk.
This little guy was in the same enclosure and the next "little" guy.
I just want to kiss his nose. I've got a thing for cats. Little, big, it doesn't matter :)
Fan tailed doves. It was so loud they were cooing so much.
A scarlet ibis and roseatte spoonbill. I get the privilege of seeing spoonbills flying close to my house on a semi-regular basis. From what I understand they were declining in the late 1800's because women wanted their tail feathers in their hats. I can see why, they are beautiful.
This guy wasn't too happy because he was close to a couple lioness' and they were, somewhat, stalking each other through the fence. Again...would love to kiss the nose.
Cute little lemurs. They used to be my oldests favorite animal.
One of about 5 peacocks walking around. NOISY thing it was!
They were all very passive and let you get somewhat close. Hmmm, could be because of the little feeding machines located next to their free space.
And....a parting shot. Or he was just telling me what he really thought of me taking his picture.
This ugly thing. Emu? We got to feed him. He was kind of sweet.
The coyotes. Or kyloties as my girls used to call them. Quite prominent in our area. They were all yippy because some monkeys started howling. I guess they felt the need to join in.
I thought this was quite comical. It looks like he is floating above the water. Nope, he was just standing. It was quite shallow.
An ocelot. They are somewhat frequent in our area. They are endangered. I'm hoping they are making a comeback. My daughter and I have seen a couple of them, dead, on the side of the road. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not. Good because they are starting to populate our area again or bad because they were killed by cars? So cute!!
Red fox I believe. Can't remember. This guy was cute because he shared his home with a "rescued" pet racoon. It said they were best friends and like to wrestle and snuggle.
Bobcat. Look at that face. I don't need to say it. His nose. Want to kiss it.
All in all it was a nice little trip to our zoo. We needed to get out and have a bit of family time. I did miss having my oldest there though. She always did love the zoo.
Speaking of my oldest, she turned 23 yesterday. My baby, not so much a baby anymore. Her boyfriend texted my husband on Monday and asked if we wanted to come up for the surprise bday party he was going to have for her. Unfortunately, we were unable to make it. We will get a chance next month to go up so I can take her shopping for her bday. Should be fun. She is only a couple of hours away but it feels like a world away. I miss her terribly! Glad she is out living her life though.