We have a wonderful children’s zoo here.
The entry sets the tone for a first class experience.
The zoo is very well maintained and landscaped, so that it is a pleasure not just for children because of the animals, but also a real treat for adults, especially ones with a camera.
Last year my friend Linda and I took Coco, Lulu and Mimi there, and Coco and Lulu had their faces painted, but Mimi wasn’t comfortable having hers done. So, when Mimi and I went to the zoo while the girls were here a couple weeks ago (her big sisters stayed home with Papa to swim), I think she had already decided she was going to having her face painted this time. As we looked at the animals, she would ask every so often whether we would pass the spot where the face painter was last year.
It was a beautiful day and not really “August hot”, but it was early afternoon and some of the animals, like these bobcats, were taking their naps.
When you enter the African Veldt, there is mist everywhere for dramatic effect.
I have no idea what kind of bird makes this type of nest, but I am really impressed considering the trouble I have making a round ball of cookie dough when the recipe calls for that, and I’m not trying to fly at the same time!
As you might expect, the ring-tailed slooths were acting, well, very slooth-ish!
I can say, without hesitation, that this is the closest I have ever been to a lion! There was a window that looked out into his enclosure and he was laying on a wide ledge up against the window. There were alot of people crowding around so it was hard to get a picture, but it’s also no accident that I’m standing at the “south” end of the lion but just taking a picture of his “north” end. Let’s just say that the position he was in, left no doubt that he was a lion and not a lioness! Moving on …
At first glance, I wondered if this was another unusual bird’s nest …
But then a giraffe wandered up and I realized it was his version of “fast food”!
This baby giraffe can still reach the ground to eat. A worker told us that giraffes give birth standing up and the babies are born feet first, so they are born standing up!
A worker was up on the elevated walk letting people feed this giraffe his favorite leaves.
Up on the walk, it was fun to see his head up so close. It was huge!
Do you recognize the stripes that I had “colorized” for my post yesterday?
A Photo-shopped “horse” of a different color!
It added to the “feel’ of Africa that you could hear drums off in the distance occasionally. Then we came around a corner in the trail and saw who was playing the drums!
Not exactly the fierce natives you might invision playing the drums!
The drums were very popular with all the children, except Mimi. She suddenly turned shy and didn’t want to try them, so I had to settle for pictures of other kids playing them.
Then we came to the face painter!
There was no line, so Mimi immediately showed the artist how she wanted her face painted — she pointed at the butterfly. Except ….. she didn’t want any paint on her eyelids. Hmmm. The artist and I agreed that the design would lose something if the eyes were left unpainted. She could end up looking more like an owl than a butterfly!
So the artist came up with a compromise … she would paint a butterfly on one cheek and flowers on the other. That sounded good to Mimi and me.
A very pretty butterfly!
But, apparently, her specialty is butterflies because I wasn’t as impressed with the flower on the other cheek. I suggested she add a second smaller one which she was perfectly willing to do.
At about this time she mentioned that she usually sold tickets at the front gate and was just filling in for the face painter. Yikes! But, she hastened to add that she was an art major in college.
Okay. Not bad. Maybe this was going to be just lovely.
Then she painted on the really green, really heavy vine to connect the flowers and the butterfly.
Okay. The end product wasn’t bad. Mimi got to have her face painted, without having paint on her eyelids. And I really did appreciate that the face painter came up with a design that worked for Mimi. So, we left happy.
Our final stop was the seals’ pool.
A fun day at the zoo. And lots of pictures to help us remember our visit.