During the middle of the night, it rained. Stormed actually. We were fortunate we didn’t chose to go to Grand Rapids because the storms were much worse. (Hubby wanted to go to the zoo in Grand Rapids because it was bigger.)
Sorry I’ve been missing. There is nothing like an elementary teacher tired in December. I’ve been exhausted.
Anyway after we left the Congo area, we went over to Australia and the Islands. The gibbons were active and outside when we got there. We especially enjoyed watching the baby gibbon. He would climb up so far and then fall down. He kept trying and trying to get the top. So cute!
Next up was going to see the komodo dragon. Hubby refused to smell the komodo dragon’s breath. If the boys were there, they would have done it.
The pelican is new to the Islands area of the zoo.
The Asian otters were in rare form. They were running around the exhibit and playing around which was awesome to see. We don’t usually get to see them be as active as they were.
More of the gibbons.
Most of the kangaroos were hiding in their behind the scenes area. One kept looking out to the exhibit area and then opted not to come out. It was in the 50’s so it could have been too cold for them.
Join me next time for the aquarium and manatee bay.
On July 10, one of the giraffes had a live birth. Those who were on the pasture tour during that day got to watch the baby being born. Our instructors got to watch it because they were at the Wilds to prepare for our workshop.
I got to see some of video they took of the baby being born.
Sadly 2 months after the baby was born, the baby died unexpectantly. I was fortunate to get some great photos of Masai.
The last collage is of Masai and his mother.
Did you know that a group of rhinos is called a crash?
These are the sable antelope from Africa. The tsetse fly spreads a disease called the sleeping disease. However, at one point it was thought it was spread by the sable antelope. They started to kill the sable antelope which in turn caused the occurance of the sleeping disease to increase. It was later discovered that it was not the sable antelope but the tsetse fly that spread the disease.
The beautiful hawk that was flying.
The Pere David deer – This deer is actually extinct in the wild.
Interesting fact about the Pere David deer is their mating rituals. They go into the water and gather algae on their horns (sort of like decorations). Then they roll around in the mud. The lady deer love it.
The male Pere David deer with all of his ladies.
View from the over look
I hope you enjoyed my photos from my visit to the Wilds. It’s one of my favorite places to visit.