I took the kids to the zoo today. It's the first time I had been there (two of the kids have had field trips there) and it really is a nice zoo. It's full of inclines and hills, since it's nestled along the side of Cheyenne Mountain, but it wasn't too bad. We started first, with the giraffes. They were all enclosed in a feeding area, when we got there. They are obviously use to being fed (you can buy lettuce, to feed to them, although we didn't this time around) and weren't shy at all about coming upon you.
As soon as we got to the edge of the fence, this big male giraffe made his move, and swooped his head down close to Kimble, in his stroller, and next to Keaton. It terrified Kimble, poor thing! This is the picture I managed to take, as soon as it happened, and the quick giraffe had just gotten out of the viewpoint of my camera, although you can still see the side of his neck.
Things calmed down a bit after that. The kids took turns petting the giraffes, and even Kolby took a turn after a while. He was a bit timid at first. They are really big animals!
We saw different animals, along the way, but the kids always got excited when there was an animal statue for them to sit on!
We entered the land of Australia to see wallabies and kangaroos!
More statues, where the lions were, although we only saw the female, and she was napping.
The elephants posed for a picture with us...
That was actually just a mural, but we saw the elephants inside their structure, where they were going through "sessions". We discovered that elephants love to paint and eat hay. They also like to take a whole watermelon in their mouth, and then pop it open with their jaws.
Kimble stayed content in his little stroller all day. He never complained once, the whole time we were there, until right when we left. He was such a good baby.
Yet more statues for them to climb in.
There were two hippos there, and boy were they big boys!!
Kennedy and the gorilla had a moment, when they just sat and looked at each other. She didn't want to leave him. However, right after this picture, he regurgitated a massive wad of chewed up grass and seeds into his palm, then little by little, ate it all up again. Keaton was thoroughly disgusted.
Kamy was afraid to turn away from him, to look at the camera. She was nervous, with just the glass pane separating them.
Our very last stop of the day led us to the bathrooms. While waiting, Kimble started to get fussy. Or maybe it was because I leaned down, and he thought I was getting him out of the stroller. Anyway, here is a token picture of me, to prove I was there.
We took this picture on the way out. Thanks for a nice day, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo!