Lets go to the Zoo by Skeeter
This past weekend was so beautiful that we had to get outside and enjoy it. What better way to enjoy a day then with animals. We are lucky enough to live within an hour of a wonderful zoo in the Capital of Columbia, South Carolina called the Riverbanks Zoo. The setting is along a riverbank and is a wonderful example of what a zoo should be. They also have an adjoining botanical garden for the flying critters.
A lot of animal loving people do not like zoos due to the cages and fences but this zoo is one of the modern zoos where you see few cages and fences. The habitats are so realistic and the animals all appear to be happy. I say happy because a mating animal in my book is a happy animal. And believe me; we saw a lot of mating animals this past weekend!
I normally don’t post a picture with the Saints face but this time I made an exception. Besides, he will never know as he rarely looks at the Postings, what he doesn’t know will not hurt, right? Mums the word y’all… He hates having his picture taken. When he does allow the camera to snap, he is not smiling to let you know how much he hates the camera in his face. Well, look at this picture of him with his new bird friends sporting a Big Smile! He loves interacting with animals so much that he actually smiled at me and the camera! Our love for animals is probably our strongest bond.
The bird exhibit is one of our favorites in this zoo as you can enter the area and give them a sip of sweet juice from a hand held cup. We were the first ones into the exhibit that day so the birds were flocking to him for their sip. The bird on his head was combing the Saints hair with its beak. I had to ask the little birdie to not pull out any hair as the Saint needs to keep all he has these days. The bird on his shoulder left him a gift to remember him by, yes, it pooped on his shirt!
We have been to some not so great zoos like the horrible zoo in Berlin Germany. I do not like the cage type zoos of the old days and the Berlin Zoo really needs some updating. The Atlanta Zoo is another one that I am not so crazy about. We have only been to it once but will make one more trip so we can meet the new baby Panda bear before it must be sent to China. I believe the panda exhibit was installed for the Olympic Games so it is a nice animal and people friendly updated exhibit and with the pandas reproducing, that is a must! I just wish they would find the funds to update the rest of the zoo!
Our all time favorite Zoo is in Rotterdam, Holland. We took it as a challenge to find wires, cages and fences as they did not seem to exist! I will never forget that wonderful experience and I am so grateful I had a camcorder with me that day because I have some of the best filming of happy animals in a Zoo!
Zoos are a wonderful place to educated children about animals and their importance on this earth. I strongly believe we do need Zoo’s for this purpose but wish they would outlaw all the cage type facilities around the world. There is nothing more sad then watching an unhappy animal pacing back and forth in a cage! We have not been to the Zoo in Nashville since they moved it a while back. We hope to check it out soon!
How do y’all feel about Zoos? Any of you have a favorite we need to add to our list of must see Zoo’s???
posted by Skeeter at 9/22/2007 08:58:00 AM