Friday, March 18, 2011

A day at the North Carolina Zoo, 171/365


The North Carolina Zoo is an awesome walking zoo with gentle hills that give a great cardio workout and plenty of shade.  We arrived mid afternoon and were surprised to see the animals quite active.  I have never seen the bears walking around before nor the polar bears swim.  The Rhinos were actually closer than usual, but by the time we reached the elephants, they were back by their "barn" ready to be fed.  We did enjoy the statue above though.  I'm afraid my youngest wants a baby elephant now!




My photography isn't the best as it was full sun.  Most of the photos were taken through a clear plastic partition so a bit of a glare is visible.


The gorillas always fascinate me.  They usually never turn to look at the crowd of people.  But I got lucky.  I was the only one still watching and three of them started walking around.  When they do stop to look at a person, (above) it is impossible not to be spellbound.







The video below is fun to watch.  They are so huge and powerful with such long massive arms, yet so delicately do they pull the grace and eat it...

11 comments:

texwisgirl said...

Oh, I hope all the animals are well-tended and happy. Zoos are definitely much more humane than circuses (in my opinion, anyway).

Margaret said...

My understanding is that many of the animals that end up in zoos today are not able to be released to the wild... I can't help but think their enclosures are small compared to the wild - but I know my son just soaks up all the books about animals and is learning a lot. I can't help but think it is due to the zoo we visit often.

nance marie said...

i sure like seeing those blossoms!

Angela said...

Love your photos

izzy said...

You did a fine job with the photo's !
what a fun time - I love visiting zoo'.
It would be nice if they could be even more
like safari parks- rotate their animals
so all get a break.

Margaret said...

Nance, Angela & Izzy - :) Thank you. The time with the boys was so fun - seeing them bond with such a huge age gap between them...

Margaret said...

Izzy - yes, I agree. When we went to Disney World, I was impressed with the way they let the animals "herd" around the "grasslands". I'm sure it isn't perfect, but better than a small enclosed area. Are there "safari" parks in the USA?

Mary Lou said...

At least he doesn't want a pet gorilla!
Great photos.

Rosie said...

What a wonderful excursion - gorgeous photos, Margaret!

Ginnie said...

Whether it was the San Diego Zoo or the Atlanta Zoo, Margaret, I would always be most fascinated by the monkeys and gorillas/chimpanzees. I could sit there and watch them for hours. I remember studying about them in my Sociology course years ago. They have quite the system of caring for each other...one we could learn from. :)

Margaret said...

Mary Lou - :) Oh, he does want a gorilla too! Of course, want is not the same thing as need!

Rosie - we will be visiting weekly for a while... :)

Ginnie - Yes, we could learn from the gorillas/chimps. Such gentle creatures. They seem to hover somewhere between animals and humans...