Sunday, March 04, 2007

Put Me In The Zoo

It was the opening weekend for the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore this weekend, which translates into free for all, and when I say all, I mean all. The zoo offers free admission on opening weekend every year, and we missed it last year, because Dave was out of town, so we thought we would check it out this year. So did the rest of Baltimore. It was really a zoo, in every sense of the word. We got off the freeway right around 10:00 when they open, and hopped in line for parking where we waited for about an hour to get a spot (it was about twice as bad when we left at 1:00). Once inside though, we were able to relax and just follow the crowds around to see lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Well, lions and leopards, and polar bears, at least. Since it was opening weekend, they had booths for their sponsors scattered around, a great childrens band called Rocknoceros (who sang a song called, "We Go Potty"), and yummy snacks like kettle corn. It was the first (of what we hope will be many) warmer Saturday of the year, so it was a nice time.
The zoo itself scored a little lower in my book. It has a great selection of large animals, and it looks like at one time it was a very nice zoo, but at this point, it looks like maybe a work in progress. Maybe I was disappointed by their heavy advertising, or maybe it just didn't look as nice, because the surrounding trees are all brown and still barren from the winter. Also we did not check out the children's zoo which has all the farm animals, and advertises a lot of play things, so maybe that part is phenomenal, but for the most part, I'm glad we chose the free opening weekend to see it. And the kids did enjoy it.
This is Evie's picture of the giraffes. I am amazed by giraffes. Aren't they beautiful.
Here's cutie Evie. Don't you just love her?
Watching the elephants, and listening to the "keeper". There were two elephants there, and one had long hairs on her tummy. The keeper said that they had reason to believe that if an elephant is distressed, their hair will fall out, but if an elephant is reasonably happy or relaxed, their hair will grow. Interesting. I don't think I've ever seen another elephant at any zoo that had long tummy hairs.
Can you find the monkey in this picture?
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