Need to get out and walk.
What to do?
Go see The Hogle Zoo.
Because it was there!
More specifically, because I have been wanting to see Baby Zuri since she was born in August.
(Now how Mom Christie got mixed up with a guy from Pittsburgh...well, I think it was a long distance romance to say the least. She is probably still wondering how she got pregnant!)Zuri was sacked out. I've seen footage of Zuri romping about with her big flappy African elephant ears and she is simply A-dor-able!
I would guess there were maybe 30 people visiting the zoo while I was there. We tended to keep bumping into each other...it felt rather chummy.
The girl in the rosy colored jacket made me smile. She skipped and pranced and begged to go see the "Polar Berries" next.
Apparently the Hogle Zoo doesn't have Polar Berries, or Polar Bears either for that matter.
(I later asked if I had missed seeing the hippos. I was informed that their one and only hippo "Moe" was wintering in a zoo with better facilities and three flirtation female hippos. I think Moe must be very, very happy this winter...)
The penguins were having a fine day.
I asked them what they thought about global warming.
They shook their heads and walked away from me. Interpret that as you will...
The area around the tigers and snow leopards was built to mimic a Tibetan village.
Only nicer I suspect. The prayer flags were colorful. Funny... I didn't see any appreciation for other religious practices from other areas.Judeo-Christian prayers.
The snow leopards were really enjoying the sunshine instead of the snow below their perch.
Isn't that a really lovely tail dangling there? Those two sleep scrunched faces look a lot like Tigs when he is sleeping.
(I admit it...I would LOVE to go scritch those kitties and sleep with them. )
Had every reason to be zonked out.
Triplet boys...and they apparently are now at that exhausting age where they get into EVERYTHING!
I watched as one of the boys turned and eyed the small tree, put out a tentative paw, and then gingerly tried to climb up a branch.
In a flash Mom Tiger rolled over and was facing the cub with a "You get down from there RIGHT NOW!" expression that I knew all too well from my own years of raising a boy.
Yup, she had eyes on the back of her head all right when it came to seeing potentially foolish behavior.
The giraffe barn had two stories so you could go upstairs and be at eye level with the critters.
Upside down Christmas trees had been hung about to amuse and feed the giraffes. I wish I could say the piney scent was released, instead, truth be told, I don't think I have ever been in a more revolting smelling barn in my life. The floors were clean, but pee-yu. If the scent could be bottled it could be used for a miracle cure for appetite.
I guess I had never been in an enclosed area with giraffes before. Next time I will know better!
Awww...isn't he sweet? Wonder why they didn't give him (her?) a name.
If it is a girl I think they should name her "Anna".
Like "Anna and the King of Siam".
This little miss was fascinated by the crocodile. It positively gave me the willies. She was so fearless...and I felt like grabbing her away so the croc couldn't get her.
Oh how deep our primitive instincts go.
fascinated watching this rattler as he rubbed his head against rocks and branches to begin the process of shedding his skin. The fresh skin on the head was so bright I wished I could have waited around to see the entire body freed of the old dull skin.
The kangaroo exhibit was next to the exhibits I showed in the last pictures. They would bounce up and look in from outside while us humans would be looking outside from the inside. Sometimes it was hard to tell who was on exhibit: us, the kangaroos or the animal inside the exhibit.
Hogel had wild turkeys on the grounds as well. I'll have to ask my dad what is the deal with that tassle on their chests.
I was really ready to kick myself when I realized that the last night for Zoo Lights was on New Years Eve...and I had missed the event. All over the zoo were elaborate sculptures of animals, some of which obviously were animated on times while others were three dimensional. The last three years the zoo has had the sculptures up during the Christmas season, but are not sure if they will continue the tradition. If they do...it will be at the top of my Christmas list of things to go see next year.
Speaking of chow...
The zoo had a playground too.
Wouldn't this egg make a great place to take a kid's picture every year, in summer, as a naked baby at first?
The bald eagle ruffled his feathers at me as if he was cold. I found that gesture unconvincing after seeing his brethern in Alaska. This ain't cold, birdy dude. This is just Utah!
The San Diego Zoo's horticultural collection is worth more than their animal collection. The Hogle Zoo had interesting flora as well.I'd like to know what this plant is called with the red clumps at the end of spindly branches.
A closer look...
I'm thinking it might not be my last visit...
I'd love to be a zoo keeper for a day. I'll be happy to do anything...anything at all!
Well, except sweep out the giraffe barn that is.