I told you last Friday that Denis and I spent some glorious free time at the Wildlife World Zoo, and here is the photographic proof. This zoo is way out in Litchfield Park at the western edge of the Phoenix metropolitan area, but we prefer it to the much much closer Phoenix Zoo. It's a lot bigger; consequently, it has lots more critters to observe and more room for 2020's all-important social distancing.
I hadn't been off the property to do something "frivolous" since January 31, so you had to know that I was absolutely ecstatic to take part in our carefully considered outing. Now it's time to let my photos do most of the talking!
|Denis and I always visit at mid-day and at mid-week. As you can see by the lack of people in this photo, we didn't have any trouble keeping our distance. I'd bet the farm that you can't say that on the weekends!|
|Since it was mid-day and at least 100° we found most of the critters taking advantage of the shade-- like this American Alligator. There's nothing like a mudhole and some shade on a hot day.|
|This mama was standing guard. I've been watching the zoo's babies grow on Facebook and Instagram. It was so much better to see them in person!|
|These Australian Black Swans were watching every move I made. When I looked around me, I realized that it was because I was standing right next to a feeding station. Doh!|
|This Black-Handed Spider Monkey was definitely enjoying his apple.|
|The cheetah is my favorite of the big cats. I first saw this beauty when it played peekaboo with me over a huge boulder.|
|I just had to share another photo. All my cheetah photos were taken through wire, and you can't even see that it's there. I love this camera (even when I don't remember how to record video)!|
|Have you ever seen a dromedary camel yawn?|
|Meerkat Snooze Time|
|The newest exhibit at the zoo is for a pair of pygmy hippos. They were playing in the water, then dashing out to chase each other around in the grass and mud before diving into the water again. Denis' very short video is next.|
|A Red-Crested Pochard|
|Although there were zoo employees all over the place, when I looked around to ask one why this reticulated giraffe was licking the paint off the barn wall, I couldn't find anyone. Typical, eh?|
|This Stanley Crane came over to say hello. Perhaps it just liked my lemur mask. All the zoo employees did.|
|This wallaby had plenty of grass and shade for its naptime.|
I don't know when our next visit will be, but I hope it's soon. This did my emotional well being a whole lot of good!