Sunday, November 09, 2008

After over a week of mostly staying home so mom can do things around the house (unpack, arrange cabinets, plant bulbs - I planted over 80 bulbs on Monday - youch!), we decided we needed an outing last Tuesday. Despite being a bit chilly and overcast, we headed to the zoo. The sun came out as soon as we arrived, and we basically had the place to ourselves. It was a leisurely trip, and we didn't even see our first animal until 20 min after we arrived. The kids climbed and played, we spent over 45min just watching the hippos get in their pool, poop in the pool (the kids are still talking about the hippo poop!), and play with their ball. Then we headed over to the ape house. Again we took our time mingling running and jumping on the big step bench and watching the orangutans swing around outside. Our arrival coincided with the zoo keeper's training session that Kate watched intently. Afterwards, Kate was full of questions for the keeper - Why do you wear a mask? Why do they climb so high? Are they cold outside? The keeper happily answered our questions and then even let Kate and Jack help her put down treats in the orangutan's enclosure...For information about the endangered orangutans and palm oil, read my Palm Oil Lessons at the Zoo from last year.


5 comments:

Dawn said...

What an amazing opportunity to be able to get so close to the orangutans!

Ashlee said...

i don't know that this could happen at any other zoo (impromptu and all)! love that place!

Penny said...

Hippo poo is quite something when you see it in action as it were. Especially if you happen to be near the place where they are doing it and get some on you (she says from experience).

The Cole Mine said...

Glad you guys had such a nice visit. Our keepers rock. For more on the palm oil issue: http://thecolemine.wordpress.com/2008/11/12/sustainability/

Megan@SortaCrunchy said...

Oh my gosh - hippo poop in the pool would have been the highlight of Dacey's LIFE as it combines two of her favorite things.

What a fun, fun day!