Thursday, June 26, 2014

Zoo day 2014

I always look forward to the annual Zoo day with my sister and nephew, and don't know why I don't try to go more than once a year (I paid for a guest pass, after all). Rain and heat put us off for about two weeks, but Tuesday morning was a perfect day for our visit to the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo. The Australian Adventure is undergoing some major renovations, and I can't wait to see the end results! 

The lion drinking fountain. A right of passage for any young zoo goer. Right after this we watched a lynx play around with a chipmunk. By "play around" I mean threaten to eat him/smash him with his massive paw until, while batting him around, the chipmunk escaped. He likely ran a tree and had a heart attack.

Upon entering the African Journey you are met with a large clump of petasites. I've looked and looked for these moisture and shade loving plants, but have never found them locally.

Across the way was a variegated form I loved even more!

This is Bill. He's surveying all of his kingdom.

She thinks Bill is kind of full of it.

Somehow I never noticed the tiles on the entrance to the Indonesian Rain Forest


Are chenille plants really native to Indonesia? It turns out it is!

The Australian Adventure is getting a face lift. The old fruit bat and echidna exhibit is becoming stingray bay.

The Great Barrier Reef is only changing on the outside.

Gone is the old entrance and educational center, with new restrooms in their place.

Our annual Jellyfish photo op.
The rest of the Australian Adventure is changing, as well, with a reptile house, emus, crocodile creek (which I think is more of a splash-pad than an up-close look at crocodiles) as well as a revamped aviary. I can't believe the Australian Adventure has been around since 1987!
Lots of new plantings have kept the ducks and geese rather contained to "feeding" areas around Mother Goose's Pond.

Caution. Peacock X-ing.

At this point it was getting pretty hot, and the Giant Tortoises had the right idea.

As did these guys!

These Call Ducks are new this year, or at least new to me, and I think they are absolutely adorable.

Yet another reason I need to have a farm. I would have chickens and Call Ducks.

Oh! And maybe a peacock. I mean, why not?

And so another successful trip to the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo has come and gone. I'm going to do everything I can to make sure I make it back again this year.