Denis and I masked up and visited the Wildlife World Zoo a week after our abortive attempt. Live and learn. Our attempted visit on Veterans Day proved to us that it's best to avoid the zoo on weekends and any sort of holiday. The place is huge, but when it's packed with seething hordes of humanity-- most of whose masks (if worn at all) are below their chins-- it's just not the place to be. On this visit, social distancing was no problem at all, and we loved being off our property and enjoying the sunshine and critters.
|We saw several baby monkeys this trip. Like this little spider monkey who needs lots more practice on his technique on the ropes.|
|I hope this little Capuchin's mother makes him wash his hands before he eats.|
|This spider monkey was one of several we saw climbing into the palm trees to throw down dates for the swans, ducks, and fish.|
|Young Jackie the reticulated giraffe seemed interested in the spiny plant the older giraffe was trying to chew.|
|Rock Hyrax. I'd just finished reading one of Gerald Durrell's books in which he went to Cameroon to capture these animals for a zoo.|
|I can't see an ostrich without thinking about feeding them at Rooster Cogburn's Ostrich Ranch off I-10 on the way to Tucson.|
|A Striped Hyena looking entirely too comfortable.|
|A female Nyala|
|An Addras Gazelle|
|This meerkat doesn't like being watched when it's trying to eat.|
|I didn't mean to wake you from your nap-- honest!|
|Normally, meerkats' curious natures mean they at least take one good look at you before they do something else, but this one couldn't be bothered.|
|Obviously, it knew the timetable better than I did. Trainspotting, anyone?|
I hope you enjoyed our trip to the zoo. I know we certainly did!