No Syracuse weather jokes today. . . . it was a perfect day to take our grandchildren as we “sit-the-babies”. We have never actually been to this zoo, but the kids were very familiar with it. There seemed to be quite a few indoor exhibits and we imagined that is for the many days of rain and or snow and the zoo can remain open to visitors. The exhibits were clean and looked appropriate for the habitats of the animals as much as we know, anyway.
The zoo opened in 1914 and has quite a history. One aspect that interested me is the very successful breeding this zoo has had. Here is a partial list of successful breeding and live births in the zoo. It seems to me that his is a good indication that the animals are happy and well cared for. I know that zoos are controversial and I see positive points on both sides.
white crested laughing thrush
femate patas monkey
Amazon River yellow spotted turtles
2 febbec fix kits
snow leopard cubs
The kiddos were interested in hearing about our ride on an elephant in India as we looked at the huge creatures. They also like the fact that we had paid for a pat on the head by an elephant.
Their favorite, along with lots of other kids, was wooden black and white cows complete with tits to milk, except the milk was actually water! We did not miss the irony that Violet is allergic to milk produces.
And conveniently near the exit was another photo-op with a very small elephant for children to sit on for a picture.
A lovely, if short visit to the zoo. . . . .
We shall return!
Do you like zoos? Explain, please. Do you have a favorite zoo? I love the Bronx Zoo because I took my children there and have many happy memories. I love, love, love the San Diego Zoo which has earned the title The World’s Best Zoo. They have awesome rides, animals not seen at other zoos and exquisite unusual flowers and perfect grounds.