So, in May we went to the Memphis Zoo. And today, just as a spur-of-the-moment thing, we went again. This time, though, we kidnapped Dad from work along the way.
And WOW what a difference when those poor public school children are locked up behind school desks! Of course, it was midday by the time we arrived at the gate, but still...back in May, all of the end of school trips were apparently on our chosen visit day, LOL. Back then, there were a hundred busses and about a million kids walking around in groups of color coordinated school t-shirts! Ok, it was also a Tuesday when we went back in May. Tuesdays are Free Zoo Admission for Tennessee residents. And the weather was decent enough.
It was a zoo. 'Nuf said.
But this time, it was just a peaceful animal park :-) There wasn't a few scattered handfuls of folks there.
It was almost eerie the place was so empty.
And a lot of the animals were inside their areas, not outside in the heat and sunlight. They were soaking up the peace and quiet as well.
And folks were hanging out in the cafe...much to the enjoyment of the monkeys (let's not be a purist here....everything is a monkey...)
The bats were pretty active. Not that I could actually get much of a photo, but they are there...these were some smaller sized ones stopping for a drink. Some larger ones were hanging out up top on the fruit chains. And way too many to count were zipping back and forth.
And my flamingos. I just love the rich colors of these birds. Leigh-Ann said earlier in the day there were some actually in the water, swimming! I had no idea they swim. Swam? Swum?
And we have the obligatory face-in-the-animal-sign photos :-)
And camel rides.
And a bear bath... He stayed put at the water fall end of the pool, while the others...
...played with sticks in the shaded end...
And yes...totally unplanned, but those are the same blue and orange dresses those two wore back in May. It's a large family, folks. Things like this just happen.
Look...we have a Dad there...
Inside the viewing bubble for the seals. I think we're ready for 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea now.
The Komodo area.
That's one big ol' turtle...
Piranha...he wasn't exactly petite either...
...and off we went, headed out grab dinner before dropping Dad back at the hotel to finish his work week, and we headed home. The dogs we totally thrilled to see our return after being gone all day. I don't think they have the same appreciation for our field trips as we do.
Our next Zoo trip will be in mid-October when the Zoo Boo evening events open. Hayrides, pumpkin painting, hay maze, and lots of special night time exhibits to view.