Phoenix Zoo: March 2020 Sunday, Mar 15 2020 

Galapagos Tortoises

Galapagos Tortoises

After MLB spring training was cancelled, visitors decided to visit the Phoenix Zoo wearing their baseball team’s logo shirts. It was the busiest Saturday morning we have ever encountered. The animals seemed to be enjoying our warm spring weather. A Komodo dragon sunned itself on a large rock. A giant anteater circled its exhibit searching for a snack. Two Galapagos tortoises greeted one another near their pond. A Grevy’s zebra poised while munching grass. A warthog also looked for food near our observation point. The white rhinoceros enclosure is still off limits and separated as our new resident acclimatizes. A mass of turtles dominated part of the riverbank in the cheetah exhibit. The three female Asian elephants now each have their own exhibit area, but each one was standing near the entrance rather than exploring their enhanced space. Another interesting day at the Phoenix Zoo.

Phoenix Zoo: February 2020 Monday, Feb 24 2020 

Zoocademy Awards

Zoocademy Awards

We were surprised by how many changes we found at the Phoenix Zoo during our first visit of 2020. The Doornbos Discovery Amphitheater, for example, has been completed. We attended the Zoocademy Awards program that is being developed. Aaron was a well-prepared host complemented by excellent pictures and graphics on a screen at the back of the stage. Awards presented animals in categories such as Best Visual Effects, Lifetime Achievement, Best Costume, Best Production Design, and Best Actor. Of course, the audience was encouraged to pursue Conservation Efforts. The three Asian elephants now each have their own exhibit area, although no exploration took place as we passed by. Many new fences were evident throughout our walk. The white rhinoceros exhibit was off limits as the new resident from a Florida zoo acclimates. There were several signs indicating that an animal was under medical observation.

African Lion

African Lion

We watched the hyena pace before resting. The lion posed for pictures and could be heard roaring as we continued our walk. The hamadryus baboon looked at us from a corner window seat. n the cheetah’s exhibit moat, an egret looked for lunch while a cormorant spread its wings to dry. A lone flamingo strutted in a circle in its pond. One of the Galapagos tortoises relaxed in a mud pool. We were entertained by Bornean orangutan Jiwa’s acrobatic antics. Always a good day at the Phoenix Zoo.

Phoenix Zoo: December 2019 Saturday, Dec 21 2019 

Straw-necked Ibis

Straw-necked Ibis

We strolled about a mile in the Phoenix Zoo, my first excursion since open heart surgery. With temperatures in the 60s on this the shortest day of the year, we avoided the cool wind while seeking spots in the sun like the straw-necked ibis. We noted that the baby Komodo dragon is getting bigger. The Dalmatian pelicans knew where they would be fed, and when. Each pelican spread its wings before returning to the central lake. Often in December we have visited in the evening for ZooLights. This year we visited in the morning, taking time to admire the tall, decorated Christmas tree.

Phoenix Zoo: May 2019 Saturday, May 25 2019 

Fennic Fox

Fennic Fox

We have been back from our world cruise for two weeks. I have filtered through about twelve feet of mail and now have six months of magazines to read. The Lexus started right up after being tendered. My son-in-law kept the motor home and two other cars operational. When I took the eight-year-old Prius to the dealer in response to a recall notice, I replaced the original tires and their detail work has made it like new. The 2015 smart fortwo received its 20,000-mile tune-up. The Winnebago Via underwent its annual oil change service. We drove the Via with the smart car from its winter home in Phoenix back to Prescott. After being gone for five months, a new to us dental hygienist has returned our smiles. We have started daily walks and I have lost about five of the twelve pounds I gained while consuming gourmet food three times a day. We are adapting to life on land after our wonderful adventures aboard the Viking Sun.

Sunflower

Sunflower

We visited the Phoenix Zoo this morning. The normally nocturnal Fennic fox was awake. The colorful face of a mandrill posed in front of a window. Across the way, a Himadryas baboon rested in the corner of a window while children took turns trying to pet it through the glass. One of the Siberian tigers was pacing back and forth. A Galapagos tortoise was drinking from its pond. A Grand Cayman blue iguana stretched out in the sun. I caught the eye of a greater flamingo. A blue heron, Dalmatian pelican, and ibis poised for pictures. Rabbits could be seen snatching food in several different exhibits. Several varieties of blooming flowers enhanced our experience. Work to expand space for the Asian elephants continues. It was pleasant to return to the Phoenix Zoo.

Phoenix Zoo: December 2018 Monday, Dec 17 2018 

Eastern Collared Lizard

Eastern Collared Lizard

Weren’t we just at the Phoenix Zoo? Yes, but our membership lapses at the end of December, we visited different areas today than Saturday, and it’s a good place for a Walk (and pictures). Today we watched a spiny-tailed iguana sunbathing. An active Eastern collared lizard wanted out of his glass enclosed exhibit. A black-necked stilt enjoyed the prairie dog exhibit. The burrowing owls eyed us. The golden eagles looked regal. The bobcat was awake. An emu pecked the ground shortly before being fed. Six cotton-top tamarins frolicked wildly while the adjacent golden lion tamarin looked lonely, and two Geoffrey’s marmosets explored the branches in their exhibit. A Calamian deer rested regally. The Visayan warty pigs hunted for food. A Western honey bee teased visitors to visit the “Bugs BIG Bugs!” special exhibit. The buff-checked gibbons displayed their acrobatic prowess. We enjoyed the white-faced whistling duck and straw-necked ibis who posed for us. Another great day at The Phoenix Zoo!

Bugs BIG Bugs! Saturday, Dec 15 2018 

Australian Bombardier Beetle

Australian Bombardier Beetle

In addition to the seasonal zoolights, the Phoenix Zoo has a special attraction celebrating arthropods until April 28th, 2019. According to a posted informational sign, “… all bugs eat their food by sucking it up a straw-like organ called a stylet.” Here is a list of the big bugs on display: red-tailed bumble bee, seven-spotted ladybug, black garden ants, devil’s flower mantis, blue-eyed darner, Australian bombardier beetle, emperor scorpion, meadow grasshopper, Say’s firefly, orb weaver spider, stag beetle, Madagascan sunset moth, and Mexican red-knee tarantula.

Jiwa, Young Orangutan

Jiwa, Young Orangutan

Our walk about allowed us to see many active live animals. The Masai giraffes stretched their necks for their lunch placed high off the ground. A herd of reindeer rested before posing with members of the evening crowd. Three Aldabra tortoises enjoyed their new exhibit space. The male Hamadryas baboon posed in front of a corner window. The maned wolf and giant anteater paced on opposite sides of their shared exhibit. The adult male orangutan, Michael, rested wrapped in a blanket while Jiwa, the youngster, displayed his acrobatic expertise. A Horse Hands Holiday Horse Show was in progress when we passed the equestrian area. We hope the Asian elephant habitat expansion will be completed when we visit in 2019. The new Savannah Grill now displays art work. Currently, Russ Ronat’s drawings of endangered animals are featured. This is part of Project Holocene, an effort to help protect wildlife and wild places.

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