So, first let me point out that this wouldn't be so late if it wasn't for crazy cats and crazy computers. Between Barney, who is acting like a maniac, and the computer which doesn't want to work, I have been at this for about 2 1/2 hours already. Anway, here are our pictures from the zoo. The place was packed today, so it was tough to get good shots, and since you can't take pictures in the houses (no flash) there aren't as many pictures as I would have liked. Oh, and we totally missed the pachyderms because well, we always miss them because of their location. We take the same route each time and miss them each time. Also, it was tough to get both Moo, Baa and the animals in focus a lot of the time, so I tried to include a clear picture of the animals when possible.
So we parked at the north parking lot and went through the zoo entrance. There is a tunnel you go under to get to the ticket check area.
They give you a nice map which shows you all the areas. you can see our route and how the pachyderms are in the middle.
First we visited the hoofed animals area, including camels, buffalos and zebras
Then we visited the Habitat Africa section and looked at the giraffes - Moo and Baa were very impressed with how long their necks were
Next we went into the section I like to call "Habitat Illinois" - the zoo calls it the Salt Creek Wilderness section.
We went by the new Wolf Woods section, but the wolves were asleep very far away and too hard to photograph.
Next we went to The Living Coast - most of the exibit is inside, but there is one section, which has penguins, which is "outside" (the ceiling is all glass, so it is as bright as outside.)
Next we stopped by the fountain to see if the peacock was out - he wasn't there today.
Next was Baboon Island, or as I like to call it The Monkey Pit
Then, they sat on the lion statue by Roosevelt Fountain - we always try to get a picture of someone on there.
Here is the view of the fountain (and a giant dinosaur) from the lion
The next stop was the Bear Grottos - they are going to be moving to a new habitat next year.
Next was Pinniped Point - that is where the seals and sea lions are - they were tough to get pictures of because they are behind glass walls. There used to be a couple of walruses but they are gone, and the dolphin area and viewing area are under construction right now - so we got a couple shots that were ok.
Finally, we went to the Fragile Kingdom - this is my favorite exhibit. It is where the big cats are, along with one of my favorites, the fennec fox. The foxes are inside so there are no pictures, but I did get some of the big cats. They were furthest away, so Moo and Baa are in focus, and then I did a close up of each cat.
After that, we went home. We were all were tired, so we took a nice long nap.
We aren't sure what we will do tomorrow, since it is a holiday I am not working, so there are a lot of possibilities!
Oh,and as of right now - 3 1/2 hours to post, and Barney is acting up more than ever.