A New Zoo For You - 07/03/14

   Our zoo is a treasure.  Our family has had a membership for 5 years  now.  It's more economical to get the membership if you go more than a couple of times a year -- FYI.
   Anyway, the great news is it's expanding. Zoo peeps are calling it a "major" expansion.  There will be more exhibits, more animals and more jobs for more people.  Everybody wins.
   While we wait for the zoo to release more details next week, I can tell you the expansion will cost at least $20 million.  Metro government gave the zoo $10 million of tax money last month with the caveat that the zoo can't spend it until it raises $10 million itself to match that.
   We've already made two trips to the zoo this summer and are going again next week.  We love the interactive exhibits with the lorikeets.  You actually get to feed them from a cup and yes, they sometimes poop on you as they fly by.  It's happened.  We also like the petting zoo part with the llamas, donkeys, goats, etc.  They've added big turtles to this exhibit.  There's a picture of one to the right.  If you've never seen a turtle yawn.. check it out. Must have been naptime. 
    We're also enjoying the new kangaroo exhibit.  The only thing with this is you have to get there early in the morning if you want to pet them.  They're not sociable after about 10am.  Once they go lie down, you're not allowed to leave the pathway to pet them.  I'm not sure why. When we were in Australia and went to the Sydney Zoo... we were allowed to go over and pet them as they napped, lay by them... whatever.  I'm not sure why that's not the case at our zoo.  I think the Aussie's may know a little more about kangaroo care than us Americans... but what do I know.
    They also have shows several days a week in the amphitheater.  Very cool. 
      So, the long and short of it is--- if you like your zoo--- support it.  It's a non profit attraction that has something for any age, plus it's a gem our city is lucky to have packed full of a lot of cool creatures.  
       

 

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