Monday, July 7, 2008

A Behind the Scenes Zoo Tour

While out of town for the Fourth of July, we were blessed to take a "behind the scenes" tour of the Zoo. It was such a joy! And what a learning experience. The zoo director showed us all the feeding rooms, the veterinary room, and all the animals not on display. Even though it was quite warm, and I got a *little* sunburned, it was one of the best experiences of my life! Here are a few pictures...

Here is the very kind zoo director showing us his sweet kitty... Hee hee. This cougar is not on display and was a rescue animal. She's just beautiful in person and purrs like a kitten- a big kitten!

In the background you can see the baby cougars too young to be out in the zoo.

It was so sweet how the cougar purred and nuzzled the director's hand.

A close up!

A funny little fox.

I only wish we had gotten more pictures! It was so nice to have someone there to answer all your questions. I learned so much in such a short amount of time, and had some unforgettable experiences like petting a rhino (!) and getting inside the "outer cage" of the cougars!


Barrett said...

Hey, that little fox looks like the one I saw in your parents' back yard the day of or the day before your wedding! Did you trap it (or, dare I say, blow dart it) and give it to that zoo?

Sommer said...

What a fun experience! Did you have a special invitation to get the tour? Cougars are beautiful aren't they?

Lots of love,

Sarah said...

That is so sweet about the cougar purring. I'm always reading negative stories about cougars in magazines, etc. so it is nice to hear about the "nice" side of them! It looks like you had a wonderful time! I hope your sunburn gets better!


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