Friday, July 13, 2007

Visiting the Zoo

Aaron and I have been talking a lot about our upcoming family trip to Nashville, and we've made references about the rolls and rolls of animal pictures that we have taken on vacations through the years that mean nothing to us now. However, despite that, I'm still going to post some from our zoo visit last week. (Aaron can just make fun of me later!) :)

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More sea lion shots. I think their faces are so cute! Because Braiden has a toy hippo, he could not wait to get to this portion of the zoo.

The butterfly room was another highlight. The butterflies fly all around the huge area filled with plants and people. Some had such vivid colors! It was fascinating to see them so close.

Try to imagine... this butterfly is bigger than my outstretched hand. The bird area was similar to the butterfly area. Birds were able to fly anywhere they'd like. I think this is a variety of blue jay.

We watched this jaguar for a long time. He sat on rocks. He walked around in the grass. And, then he went into a little pond, splashed around, and played with a piece of driftwood. The prairie dogs were out and about like usual. We were able to see a tiny baby. Here, two start to groom each other after a big meal.

The big elephant kept putting her trunk into the mud and spreading it all over herself. The zookeepers were working with the fuzzy little baby elephant. Adorable.

This was an odd sight for many of us. I know the picture is a little blurry, but hopefully, you'll see this variety of deer is standing up so it can eat out of the tree. It stood like this for at least 15 minutes while eating... and then we needed to move on.

If you're ever in St. Louis, I hope you have time to spend at the zoo!

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