We visited the Kansas City Zoo on Wednesday morning. We didn’t make a day of it because of rain and well, the Kansas City Zoo is fairly large with over 1000 animals.
It’s also rather spread out as they try to create natural habitats for as many animals as possible.
We had a free coupon for our zoo morning. Since we live in a one of the counties that pays a special zoo tax, we get free admission coupons every few months.
Of course, I used the chance to sneak in a little camera practice.
Our Zoo Morning!
ONE: The Trumpeter swan.
At the front entrance in with this beautiful swan are ducks and turtles. next door are the river otters. No photos of them as my husband and son were moving too fast. The river otters were sound asleep anyway.
TWO: The Relatively New Penguin Plaza
This is one of my favorite new exhibits at our zoo. A few penguins are outside but most live inside the building.
There may be another photographer in the family.
THREE: Flamingos, Pelicans, And Elephants! Oh My!
Just for clarification based on my Wizard of Oz reference up there, The Kansas City zoo is actually in Kansas City, Missouri. Local friends will understand my need to make that point. We have an aunt who loves flamingos so we always think of her when we see them. A pelican also hangs out in their exhibit. One of the preschool students loves elephants and so I also always think of him now when I see elephants. I was surprised how close they were to the walking path on this visit. It was fun to see this elephant chomping on some greenery.
Four: Just Keep Walking Or Riding
My advice is to definitely leave the flip-flops at home and wear your good walking shoes should you visit our zoo. This bridge over railroad tracks and the Blue River is a good place to watch for “real” wildlife if your party isn’t in a huge hurry.
It’s not really a luxury to be had when visiting places with my husband and J! If you do get tired of walking at the zoo, you can ride a train (not on the tracks pictured above), a boat, a sky lift, or a tram. J and my husband rode the sky lift above while I stayed back and played with the camera. I mostly hung out in the area above waiting for my guys to return on the sky ride and snapping pictures of this African Crested Crane.
I tried to contain my amusement at a little girl’s excitement at the plain Canadian Snow Geese. You can see them pretty much anywhere there’s a water source in our city. Of course, we were the tourists enamored with a small lizard running around a zoo in New Mexico.
FIVE: Pretty Flowers At The Zoo
While not a botanical gardens, the flowers at the zoo are very pretty and well-maintained.
I would guess we didn’t even see half the animals on our zoo morning. We still enjoyed our little in town adventure and will probably be back sometime in the fall. Maybe I’ll leave the in a hurry family at home and come alone with my only my camera next time.
Do you have a zoo in your town? What’s it like?
Linking my post to Five on Friday, hosted by the F.A.S.T. blog, be sure to check it out! Also, going to link this one up with The Bird D’Pot, hosted by I’d Rather B Birdin’. If you love bird-watching as much as I do, go check out Anni’s amazing posts as well as the links. You won’t be disappointed!