Desert Bighorn Sheep

Desert Bighorn Sheep

We arrived at the Phoenix Zoo relatively early and were surprised to find the parking lot almost full with some vehicles leaving. Because we parked farther away than usual, we observed a fishing lake and picnic area outside the zoo grounds itself. We passed the newly completed Philip JoEllen Volunteer and Administrative Center. Once inside the zoo we discovered multiple events in progress such as a fundraiser walk for Crohn’s and Colitis diseases. We took advantage of an early showing of “Grizzly Bears 4-D Experience,” a new zoo offering. The 3-D photography was great and came with occasional surprises such as mist and gusts of air as well as a poke from the back of the seat. We found many active animals including a sunning desert spiny lizard, a turkey vulture who circled a peopled area, a Galapagos tortoise munching a meal of greens, desert bighorn sheep seemingly playing king of the hill, grazing Arabian oryx, the graceful gerenuk, zebras, and giraffes. Many flowers were in bloom ranging from domesticated roses and hollyhocks to desert varieties such as prickly pear and yucca. Another great day at the Phoenix Zoo.

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