Mandrill

Mandrill

If you can manage it, visit the Phoenix Zoo on a Monday morning. Very few people are likely to be there and it is easy to focus on the animals that are active. We encountered a Watusi Cow posing closer than we usually see it. A Common Eland was grazing nearby while a Masai Giraffe fed from a high mounted feeder. The Marabou Storks are ugly. The male Hamadryous Baboon surveyed his exhibit from a perch half-way up a tree. A Mandrill chewed on a branch rather than eat lettuce. We discovered an Andean Bear finding a treat in a paper bag. A Rhinoceras Iguana sunned itself while a squirrel tasted some green delicacy atop a stump. A Sumatran Tiger arose from resting near a window and paced back and forth. The pink-backed pelicans were called for their feeding with a gong. Bess, the orangutan mother, rested in a prone position and then came to rest on a window next to us. It was interesting to see so many active animals despite temperatures around 100 degrees.

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