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My Trip To The Zoo (Part 3 of 3)

Elephants! African Elephants to be exact. I love all animals, but elephants amaze me. My most recent discovery was an article that made the rounds about how wounded elephants knew where to go to get help from us humans. Read about it here at “The Dodo“.

I could watch elephants all day.  Here are some of the photos I took while I sat and watched.

Soaking up some sun and scratching an itch. You can see that someone had themselves a soak in the pool.

Soaking up some sun and scratching an itch. You can see that someone had themselves a soak in the pool.

Big Ears!  What a lucky shot with my camera!

Big Ears! What a lucky shot with my camera!

I don't recognize this elephant. It has no tail! I wonder what her story is?

I don’t recognize this elephant. It has no tail! I wonder what her story is?

That's a lot of food!

That’s a lot of food!

Here is one of the 'baby' males born at the zoo. Only he's not so little anymore!

Here is one of the ‘baby’ males born at the zoo. Only he’s not so little anymore!

A mom and one of the babies.

A mom and one of the babies.

A 'baby' playing with a bit of hay, snorting and 'waving' its ears.

A ‘baby’ playing with a bit of hay, snorting and ‘waving’ its ears.

Say, "Ahhh..." The elephants were getting an oral checkup. A treat swiftly followed.

Say, “Ahhh…” The elephants were getting an oral checkup. A treat swiftly followed.

It must have been a really yummy treat, 'cause as soon as the word was out, the elephants came running. There was some jostling for position going on as everyone wanted to go first.

It must have been a really yummy treat, ’cause as soon as the word was out, the elephants came running. There was some jostling for position going on as everyone wanted to go first.

I like taking pictures of their faces.  Here are my two favorites from this trip.

This lady came right up to the window where I was sitting and stood there while I snapped pictures.

This lady came right up to the window where I was sitting and stood there while I snapped pictures.

I loved the high contrast in this picture.

I loved the high contrast in this picture. I just wish the eye had been a bit more defined. *shrugs*

And, of course, there were souvenirs!

And, of course, there were souvenirs!

Hope you enjoyed the trip!

My Trip To The Zoo (Part 2 of 3)

Today’s photos will be aquatic themed.  Enjoy!

Philippine Crocodile.

Philippine Crocodile.  NOT somebody I would want to go swimming with.

Our aquarium propagates it's coral to keep from further contributing to the destruction of coral reefs.

Our aquarium propagates its coral to keep from further contributing to the destruction of coral reefs.  Sorry about the glare, but the sun was shining on the window.

Here is the lower tank.

Here is the lower tank.

Potbellied Seahorse!

Pot-bellied Seahorse!

How many seahorses can you count?

How many seahorses can you count?

Wee Horseshoe Crab.

Wee Horseshoe Crab.

Beautiful fish and live coral and anemones.

Beautiful fish and live coral and anemones.

Anemones and coral in the waves.  So beautiful!

Anemones and coral in the waves. So beautiful!

Clown fish in an anemone.

Allard’s Clownfish in an anemone.

Ribbontail Stingray.  This one is found in the Indo-West Pacific oceans.

Ribbontail Stingray. This one is found in the Indo-West Pacific oceans.  Those blue spots are so bright!  These guys are in a petting area and will rub along your hands.

The Big Toothed River Stingray is a freshwater stingray found in Brazil.

The Big Toothed River Stingray is a freshwater stingray found in Brazil.  This guy was not shy about having his picture taken!

Sand Tiger shark. These guys get up to 13 feet long and 250 lbs.!

Sand Tiger shark. These guys get up to 13 feet long and 250 lbs.!

Lovely water fixture by the aquarium.

Lovely water fixture by the aquarium.

American Beaver catching some rays.

American Beaver taking a break.

Polar Bear. "What's this?"

Polar Bear. “What’s this?”

Mine!

Mine!

Next will be Elephants!

My Trip To The Zoo (Part 1 of 3)

At the end of August, with my son back at college and my daughter and husband off to a LARP, I decided to treat myself since I would be the one at home taking care of all the critters, etc…  No sleeping in for me!  So the day they left I went to the zoo.

I love the zoo.  And this trip there would be no one moaning and groaning if I decided to sit for half an hour just watching the elephants. Unfortunately, with it being the end of the summer, everyone and his brother was there.  It was a bit of a smoosh.  But I had a good time anyway just doing my thing.  And I took lots of pictures.  Even though I’m doing 3 posts, you still won’t be seeing all the pictures I took! 😀

African Lion surveying his domain.

African Lion surveying his domain.  I was lucky to get his face.  The lions were all lying down enjoying the sunshine.

Grant's Zebras enjoying the day.

Grant’s Zebras enjoying the day.

Grant's Zebras and Masai Giraffes up at the feeding area.

Later, the Grant’s Zebras joined the Masai Giraffes up at the feeding area.

Dama Gazelles, Springboks, and an Ostrich

Dama Gazelles, Springboks, and an Ostrich.

On my second trip past (I wanted to see the elephants again before I left) I was able to get a close-up of this guy.

On my second trip past (I wanted to see the elephants again before I left), I was able to get a close-up of this guy.

The Cheetah enclosure revamped. Hallelujah! They have room to run!

The Cheetah enclosure revamped. It goes past me on a curve to the right.  Hallelujah! They have room to run!

So cute!

So cute!

Male Western Lowland Gorilla. The females were scattered around sleeping. It was getting hot out there!

Male Western Lowland Gorilla. The females were scattered around sleeping. It was getting hot out there!

Eastern Grey Kangaroo. By the time I got here, everyone was snoozing and the yard was closed. Oh, well.

Eastern Grey Kangaroo. By the time I got here, everyone was snoozing and the yard was closed. Oh, well.

Yellow-footed Tortoise. This guy saw me taking pictures and came over to check me out. You can see my hand in the reflection.

Yellow-footed Tortoise. This guy saw me taking pictures and came over to check me out. You can see my hand and NEW camera in the reflection.

Black Rhinoceros. This guy is very tough to get a picture of. He likes to stay in the back most of the day. I was able to get this picture because it was going on closing time.

Black Rhinoceros. This guy is very tough to get a picture of. He likes to stay in the back most of the day. I was able to get this picture because it was going on closing time.

Of course, I have to get a picture of the Flamingos! So pretty. And noisy!

Of course, I have to get a picture of the Flamingos! So pretty. And noisy!  And check out the flamingo second from right.  It looks like he’s cleaning his feet!

Oh, I wanted SOOOOO bad to be bad and hang over the fence to get this feather. I was seriously, seriously tempted. Sigh.

Oh, I wanted SOOOOO bad to be bad and hang over the fence to get this feather. I was seriously, seriously tempted. Sigh.

I will leave you with this picture of a sleeping kitty, a Snow Leopard.

I will leave you today with this picture of a sleeping kitty, a Snow Leopard.

 

My Birthday at the Zoo

For my birthday, I decided I wanted to go to the zoo.  I figured out that I hadn’t been since my daughter took a Career Exploration class there.  That was FOUR years ago.  I used to go every year at least once!  And I needed my ‘lellaphant fix!

Mother’s Day (and also my birthday) was out.  They had stuff going on and it would be packed.  So, today, Saturday, would do.  Uh, huh.  Everyone and all his relatives plus a couple of busloads showed up.  There were a trillion, berjillion people there.  Did I mention how I don’t like crowds?  That they make me cranky and give me a headache and make me twitch and sometimes make it hard to breathe?  Yes, I have learned to deal with this (mostly) over the years.  There are too many crowd inducing things I enjoy.  But I start having trouble when the crowds reach the shoulder to shoulder, shuffle walk stage.

The paths and outdoor exhibits were annoying but  manageable.  However, at the indoor monkey house I made it about 20 feet in and said, “Head for the exit.”  I could have turned around and gone back out, but I wanted to see some of it; but I also didn’t want to fight for a window.  Exhibits were peeked at over and around heads as we shuffled and stopped even though we were trying to get out.  My son said, “You know this was a lot easier when I was short and could get through everyone’s legs.  Somehow, I don’t think it would be socially acceptable if I did that now, though.”  I told him that at 5’10” and 17 years old, they would probably arrest him for being a perv. 🙂

Despite the crowds, I had a good time, got my ‘lellaphant fix (twice), and treated myself to gravy fries and 2 (yes, two) softserve vanilla, waffle cone, ice creams.  Yummm.  I also took 137 pictures, whittled down to 70 after eliminating all the bad shots and unwanted duplicates, and despite the fact a lot of the animals were being uncooperative.  For example, I like tigers, but I want more than a hip and twitching tale in my picture.  Now I know no one is going to sit through 70 zoo pictures so I’m going to try to keep it around 20-ish.  Enjoy.

Our greeter at the zoo

Iris along the water’s edge is our header for today.

Rock fish

Sand shark at least 5 ft. long

Sea Otter pup

Mug of the Day 

There is no mug of the day.  The mug of the day, a black and orange striped tiger mug purchased at the zoo and never even used, is lying in crumbs in the garbage can.  As I was carrying things into the house, I bent over just a bit and the freaking slippery plastic bag it was in squirted out of my arms.  Did it land in the multitude of soft dirt filled plant pots in the driveway?  Hell, no.  It flipped so it missed them and hit the concrete.  Fortunately, it was the only casuality.  My son’s zoo shot glass survived and so did the ‘It’s my birthday.’ rationalized purchase of a soap stone (?) egg carved with an Elephant.  So you get a picture of that instead.