Saturday, July 11, 2009

To watch this creature fair

I have a free pass to the zoo from volunteering at the biopark this past spring. If anyone remembers, I used to take a little hike with the school children every Friday down in the bosque (woods) by the river. So, yesterday, I decided to go visit the animals. I know these little guys don't seem very exotic but we have a walk-in free flight cage at the zoo that I always enjoy visiting, especially since it's on the way to the koalas.

These look more like love birds than budgies. ;) Although, aren't they the same sex?? Ibelieve the band on the nose distinguishes the sex, blue for boys and pink/tan for girls.

Doesn't he have a pretty eye?

It was feeding time for many of the animals. I laughed at this koala. They placed a big bunch of eucaliptus right in front of the sleeping koala's nose. Talking about waking up to breakfast in bed!

The big cats were fed too. This tiger is really enjoying his bone, isn't he?

Just like Fido, huh?

I was amazed how the mountain lions were right up against the glass window with their bone. I think they need another bone because they don't seem to be sharing very well.

The clouded leopard is one of the hardest for me to ever see at the zoo because he's always so hot and hidden. Not so, yesterday.

He even smiled for me. Well, sort of.
These guys must be on a different feeding schedule because the bobcat was snoozing.
So was the Lion King.
It was a really hot day! They turned on the sprinklers and a lot of the children took advantage of the cooling, wet showers.

Alas, some could only watch. :(
I noticed Mr. peacock was sighing with relief as he scurried away past the running children. He wasn't going to be chased today.The sea lions were anticipating being fed too.

This is getting to be a rather long post so I will close for now and continue another day.

To watch this creature fair - song: Lady Stardust, artist: David Bowie, album: Aladdin Sane


Gail said...

I have a difficult time leaving your header shot...awesome equines.

I love all the zoo photos.

Paint Girl said...

What great pictures! Up close and personal!
We had parakeets as kids. I have always liked them.
The big cats are so pretty. But I do not ever want to run into one of those on the trail! Our weird creature was enough!

Dan and Betty Cooksey said...

Nice, nice pictures. Well done, Val.


PS: I have always loved the Clouded Leopards when we visit a zoo.

Shirley said...

Thanks for the visit to the zoo! Love the lion!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Excellent photos, especially of those budgies. wow!
I like the sea lion scratching it's ear, too. Cute.


The Wades said...

I enjoyed seeing that bone being gnawed. Between seeing your posts and Lisa's, I think I need to take my kids to the zoo.