Monday, October 8, 2012

Year of the Zoo: Bronx Zoo

We went to New York City as part of our bucket list.  The Bronx Zoo was part of the reason we went.  The weather was great and the zoo wasn't crowded at all. I'd say we were there a good 4, maybe 5 hours. Our favorite was the tigers--because there were 3 tiger cubs that had only been on display about a week.  The Bronx Zoo ranks very highly on my list so far.  I'm hoping if the weather cooperates we can visit another zoo this week.

The children's part of the zoo was neat.  We saw these black swans and a zoo keeper pointed out their nest and we could see their eggs. Overall we did not see a whole lot of zoo staff.  I know we would have asked a lot more questions and learned a lot more if there had been more staff available.

If these cubs playing with their mama doesn't get your oxytocins flowing, then I don't know what would.  I could have watched them for hours.

The cubs have older siblings in the next enclosure.

This polar bear was very active--playing with his stick while balancing on the rock.  Most of the animals were active.  I suppose the nice weather helped with that.

Ross played prairie dog in the children's area.

It was dinner time for the birds of prey.

Ross pet goats.  The babies were spastic.  One was jumping on everything, including his mother.

We didn't get to see everything, but we liked what we did get to see. The monorail was neat--we got to see a sleeping baby deer really up close.  Well, just about everything we saw was up close--including a baboon playing with himself and the tiger who sprayed the glass because a woman was banging on it.  The Bronx Zoo also had the largest number of peafowl of any zoo we have visited so far.  They were pretty tame and begging in the picnic areas.

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