American Kestrel

American Kestrel

As members of the Phoenix Zoo we entered an hour earlier than the official opening at 9 a.m. We were greeted near the entrance by a colorful American kestrel. Although the zebras were offsite waiting for a new structure, there exhibit mates, Marabou storks, were present. One was chomping away at tree rot. Three Aldabra tortoises were eager to feed on kale. One of their neighbors, a Galapagos tortoise, plunged into its water pool. Indu, an Asian elephant, entered its exhibit systematically looking for treats hidden in hanging containers. The Sumutran tiger was pacing in front of one of the exhibit windows. The orangutans were active. Kasih posed in front of a window while Daniel covered himself with a blanket. Baby Jiwa stole the show by covering a giant ball. Many flowers such as hibiscus and yellow trumpets, were in bloom. A squirrel brought our attention to a tree with pomegranates. The early morning is a good time to visit the Phoenix Zoo.

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