Whenever I ask Abe what he'd like to see at the zoo, he immediately responds with "A elephant!" Unfortunately there are no elephants in Minnesota. The Minnesota Zoo and Como Zoo have a good variety of animals (and not the same ones at each zoo), but neither of them have an elephant (maybe it's too cold for elephants...and the winters last too darn long). Anyways, since the weather is more agreeable in Arizona, we made a special trip to the zoo just to see their elephant.
I doubt Abe remembers much about our last trip to the Phoenix Zoo since he was only 8 months old at the time..
Man, I miss those chubby legs! This time his cousins were in school, so we went to the zoo with Daddy, Grammy, and auntie Imelda (my twin sister) instead.
I've been to the zoo a few times, but this time we took a different path and saw some animals I've missed on previous trips, like the tiger! We actually saw a lot of animals out enjoying the sun. I feel like in Minnesota, unless you get there first thing in the morning, the animals are either sleeping or hiding in their dens.
Abe got to feed the giraffes, which he informed us were his favorite animal on the way to the zoo. They're my favorite too.
Oh, but I also love rhinos. Especially baby rhinos. I didn't even know they had a rhinoceros at this zoo, so I was really happy when we stumbled upon him. Not literally...it just looks that way. He was pretty far away. That's another place a 300mm zoom comes in handy. Hiking, stargazing, and keeping a safe distance from dangerous (although adorable) animals.
Does anyone else ever wish they could see a cheetah run at the zoo? This guy was just pacing his pen. I suppose a cheetah needs a lot more room to reach top speeds...and a reason to run...
Like this guy! Abe was pretty tired from the start (we headed out a little too close to naptime), but he totally perked up when we spotted this splash pad. He followed the little river in circles, through a cave, and back out for a good half hour, just running and splashing and having so much fun. I guess it's a good thing we found this on the way out of the zoo, otherwise we would have missed all the animals!
On the way out, we also stopped to check out the komodo dragon. Abe had no interest in the real komodo dragon, but happily studied and climbed on its bronze likeness. We've found that the fake animals are often more fun than the real ones...and less likely to eat you!
The Phoenix Zoo offers the following attractions and amenities (click on the links for more information):
For more information about the animals and exhibits at the Phoenix Zoo, go to www.phoenixzoo.org.