African Lion

African Lion

Yesterday, a weekday, we joined the line of mothers pushing strollers entering the Phoenix Zoo. On our walk around the zoo we discovered desert bighorn sheep waiting patiently at a gate for their feeding. The nearby Arabian oryx were already enjoying their breakfast. One of the African lions, located in the exhibit previously home to the Siberian tiger, awoke as we walked by and watched us. In the former lion exhibit, one of the two spotted hyenas rose from slumber and stood above his partner before returning to its nap. We noted a colorful band of red on the underside of a Lady Ross’ Turaco wing. The southern white rhinoceros enjoyed his breakfast. The male mandrill sat near the corner of his exhibit watching passersby. A Hamadryas baboon also kept her eye on us. A cheetah paced back and forth against the side of its exhibit. One of the gibbons kept its head looking away from us as it munched from a hanging bucket. An egret and heron posed for us before we departed after our morning stroll.

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