Southern White Rhinoceros

Southern White Rhinoceros

This morning we arrived at the Phoenix Zoo when it opened for members, an hour before the general public. We saw several animals as they started their day on exhibit. The two spotted hyenas were checking all nooks and crannies. Before the lions were released, we heard their roar. Then, both the lion and lioness made themselves at home. A warthog was exploring his exhibit, too. We learned that there is a new southern white rhinoceros, LouLou. We returned later to see this new rhinoceros exploring its exhibit. We did not enter its enclosed exhibit, but we watched a cute common squirrel monkey. A small Galapagos tortoise was being petted by a zoo employee which we had not seen before. The Dalmatian pelicans followed a synchronized pattern as they moved through their waterway. The spotted-neck otters are usually seen sleeping, but today we observed their smooth gliding through the water. As we prepared to exit a couple of zebras found their breakfast not far from the viewing rail. A goodly number of visitors took advantage of Earth Day informational tables located throughout the zoo. A moving sculpture of a citipeti is being used to advertise “Dinosaurs in the Desert” an exhibit coming in October.

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