African Lion

African Lion

While much of the country wondered whether we would have six more weeks of winter, we enjoyed another warm, blue sky day. Many of the Phoenix Zoo animals were actively enjoying the day. Duck pairs walked on the edge of the central lake or took a leisurely swim. A half dozen turtles sunned themselves on a large log in the water near the shore. We entered the double doors of the avian area to encounter close up views of several free-roaming birds. The masked lapwings crossed the shallow water moat to walk near where we entered. A straw-necked ibis posed for us. Two great argus pheasants, the male carrying at least three feet of tail feathers, strutted back and forth in front of the exit. As we departed, we spotted some birds that appeared to be looking for a way into the avian cage. In the African section of the zoo, a Speke’s gazelle munched on strewn hay while framed by a branch of a downed tree. While taking in this scene, a pair of mourning doves preened unconcerned on a tree branch just above me. The southern white rhinoceros took a slow walk while inspecting his territory. The African lion, with troubled breathing, sat atop a well placed rock appearing every bit a king while surveying the crowd of onlookers with side to side looks. Another good day at the Phoenix Zoo.

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