Friday, September 16, 2011

Monkeyin' Around at the Reid Park Zoo

My new favorite pastime? Going to the Reid Park Zoo.  Let me tell you about it because it is a fabulous place.

My friend Amanda brought me there a couple weeks ago. She raved about it being the best zoo she had ever been to. On the drive over I wasn't skeptical, but I wasn't convinced either. But it only took about 10 minutes in the park to win me over. 

Reid Park Zoo Review: This zoo does not have every single animal imaginable, but the selection is diverse enough to really wet your appetite (zebras, giraffes, a lion, tigers, elephants, a rhino, a polar bear, gibbons, Galapagos tortoises, flamingos) and even surprise you at times (an anteater, tapir, capibara, otters, macaques, green tree pythons, vultures, macaws, jaguars, armadillos). The best part of the zoo is the family-friendly layout of the park. All the attractions are set up very close to each other so within seconds you are free to gawk at the next attraction. There is very little down time. Also, there are tall trees throughout so almost the entire park is shaded. There are also a couple air-conditioned buildings with smaller attractions/activities for your children. These wonderful elements (the shade and buildings) free you up to enjoy an afternoon outside without too much fear of a sunburn or over-heating for you or your babe(s). Staff walk around the park and are delighted to chat about the animals with you and answer any of your questions with their abundant stores of knowledge. Overall: this zoo rocks!

Since my first visit with my friend I was convinced of this zoo's amazingness and decided to dive right in and just buy my own year membership. I have decided to make it a habit to go 2-3 times a week just to get out of the house and to do something fun for Lincoln (and myself!) This week I went twice. Once on my own, and today with my next door neighbor and her baby girl. Here are some pictures of our experience today:
The elephants.

The rhino, napping in the mud.
A white peacock.
There are many peacocks that roam freely throughout  the park.
Lincoln and his new girly friend (my neighbor's baby girl.) :)
The giraffes - getting a drink and gawking at my camera.
The massive Galapagos Tortoises. Two of them were mating last time . . .
A Macaque digging for a treat inside this burlap sack.
The stoic Bearded Dragon.
An awesome-looking bird - can't remember the species name.
A napping flock of Flamingos.
An Andean bear
Two Dwarf Caiman hiding out in the water. They kinda give me the heebie jeebies.
The Anteater - he is my favorite. He is so unique looking!

Drumroll please! . . .My son's reaction to all this wildlife. ;)
Haha. Don't let Lincoln's yawn fool you. This zoo is a winner for sure. If you don't live in Tucson to enjoy this zoo - come visit me and we would be happy to show you around! Can't wait until our next trip . . .

(For how much I'm raving about this, you'd think I was getting paid to write this post. I wasn't p.s. This zoo is just that awesome - or maybe I just need to get out more? Probably both.) Oh, happy day! :)

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