Wednesday, December 09, 2020

November at the Wildlife World Zoo

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!


  1. Love the photos. Thanks for posting them.
    I love the baby monkeys. I find it astounding that they feed other animals, throwing dates to them.
    I remember another photo you posted of a monkey feeding a carp.
    What a sense of socialization and generosity.

    Hope you are OK healthwise.

    1. Perhaps as fellow primates they enjoy feeding the animals just like we do. It wouldn't surprise me. Healthwise, I have my leg very tightly wrapped and am keeping it elevated as much as possible. Fingers crossed.

  2. Oh, these are such lovely 'photos, Cathy! And what a restful, enjoyable, uplifting break from the news and the pandemic. I'm so glad you got the chance for another trip there, and even more glad you share the pictures. *Deep sigh of contentment*

    1. Yes, it was a very badly needed break from reality.

  3. I love zoos! Thanks for sharing the pictures, I enjoyed visiting through your photos.

  4. Glad you got a visit in, what great pics!

  5. Great photos, Cathy! I enjoyed all of them, especially those of the babies. There's a lesson there in the way the monkeys were feeding those who couldn't do it for themselves. Co-operation is a rare commodity these days.

  6. I think those monkeys clearly show humans' relationship to them. Except for feeding their young or having to share prey with the pack, I can't think of other animals who feed animals out of their species or who so willingly share food.
    And it shows that we really are related to primates.

  7. And I, for one, am glad that we are related to primates, or were 5 million years ago.
    Lots of good traits.
    And mama Orangutangs raise their young alone and build their homes 100 feet up in the air in a tree, and they are good carpenters. They build wooden floors that fit into the walls.
    It is amazing.

    1. There are so many things to be amazed and delighted by in the natural world. Humans aren't the "be all and end all" on this planet, but too many of us need to learn that.


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