I was bummed to miss this trip, but fortunately, the kids and I had already visited a few months back during one of their Open House days. Below are some pictures from that trip. James saw all these animals with his class as well.
|Giraffes are Up Close and Personal. If they are on or too close to the road, |
the tram stops until they decide to move, which makes for some great photo ops.
|Oh all right ... be off, puny humans!|
|Rhinos. We learned that they are wide(-mouthed) rhinos, misnamed "white" rhinos.|
Very cool to see trotting right in front of you.
|African cows. Their huge horns keep them cool during hot spells.|
|Flamingo Island. Purty.|
|Meerkatz; yes, we all broke into song.|
|Whistling ducks. No lie.|
Safari West had a new addition to their family - an ostrich! I think the aide and I were more excited about this, because of the presentation James had made for his class.
I asked James what his favourite part of the trip was, and he replied "Giraffes!" That made me smile -- I liked them a lot too. They were gentle, yet seemed to have such quirky personalities (that I never suspected during previous zoo visits). I mean, look:
|I don't ever remember seeing them stick out their tongues.|
This giraffe did nuthin' but!
|Giraffe tongues are purple (to me they looked black or blue) so they won't get sunburned.|