Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A fun day at the zoo

Mr Curious had finished his client project last week.  I asked him to take today off work so we can go to Taronga Zoo with The Little Guy.  It is my birthday on Saturday so it's part of my birthday week celebrations :-)

The weather was not the best.  It was drizzing on our way to the zoo, but we took a chance and went for it anyway.

We haven't been to the zoo for over 3 years, so I didn't know of the new constuctions.  The new carpark looked great (although we managed to find free street parking, thank goodness it's a weekday), but I missed entering the zoo through the main entrance.  The new development looks promising though.

We went to the seal show which was fun, although The Little Guy was a bit scared when the seals made a splash.

Besides the seal show, the first hour or two was a bit flat as most of the animals were hiding indoors. Things picked up when the elephants appeared, they were very cute!  Mr Curious told me in the morning about the death of a newborn elephant which was very sad.  I was so happy to find out afterwards that the baby elephant survived.  What a great story!  And now I know why there was a Channel Ten news van coming towards the zoo when we left.

One tip to anyone planning to visit the zoo - PLEASE bring your own food!  We had lunch at the food court and I had one of the most disgusting dishes ever.  Yuk!

Well that's enough of my blabbing - here are some photos.

Taronga Zoo

I love giraffes - they are so elegant.

Taronga Zoo

Luk Chai is no longer the baby of the group!

Taronga Zoo

TLG playing with the display about the Wallace line.

Taronga Zoo

The lioness in front was less than 1 meter behind the glass panels!  We had a great view, and they are beautiful!  The lazy lions hung back undercover.

Taronga Zoo

The baby mountain goat just leaped off the cliff, it was amazing.

Taronga Zoo

I really like this photo of a penguin swimming across the pool.

Taronga Zoo

TLG taking over the world, one step at a time.

Taronga Zoo

We finished our visit with koala feeding time.

For me, the highlight of today was two otters hanging onto each other (I don't know how - with their teeth maybe?) and spinning in the water.  It was so magical, I was too absorbed in the moment and didn't pick up the camera.  In any case, I don't think a photo will do it justice.  If you asked me at the beginnin of the day what I would enjoy the most from the zoo, I would never have guessed this!

We had a fantastic time today, and we will always remember the birth of the miracle elephant!

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