While I don't want this post to become a debate about zoos, I wanted to state that I have some personal concerns about them. While I LOVE animals and the experience of talking to keepers to learn more, seeing them up close etc. etc., I don't love the idea of them. In an ideal world they would not exist. I hope my niece and nephew's generation finds a way for us to save the animals in the wild and live with them peacefully so we don't need zoos.
Now I will step off my soapbox and share some memories from he Oregon Zoo (which the Man picked as an activity).
First, let me say this is a beautiful, spotlessly clean facility. The keepers we spoke to/heard speak clearly had the animals welfare as their number one goal. For example, the polar bear who appeared lonely was moving in the fall to a facility where she would have 'friends'. The animals all looked very healthy too.
Here are some of my favourites.
I have never seen a polar bear in the wild (and kind of hope I never do). I am always amazed at how big they are.
|The Man's hand in a paw print|
|Me beside one|
The Man's hand compared to a Gorilla
Doozy was a rescue. He had been bought as a pet and people decided he was too big (imagine that). I am glad the zoo was able to give him a more appropriate home.
Man vs. Elephant
It was this elephant's birthday so he got extra treats!
When it comes to zoo animals, the big cats are my favourite. I could spend the rest of my life watching them. I got to spend about 15 minutes watching this tiger play in the water trying to get a bucket. It was amazing. I heard someone who visits regularly say she had never seen him so active.
Once he had the bucket out he was done with it. So like a cat! He was just so beautiful!
This bear cracked me up. She (I am guessing as there were other bears around) held up her paws so she could get the water to shoot into her mouth.
Next week we will show off some more trip pictures. I think we will share the beach and rocks!