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Busch Gardens, part three

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Meet Eva, a 53 year old retired circus hippo.


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Eva shares her pool with another female hippo, a few schools of cichlids, and a buttload of non-collection animals.

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As charming as Eva was (she's really charming), this exhibit was really fun to visit because the non-collection cormorants were swimming around catching fish.

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There was no rushing by this exhibit.

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A congress of meerkats, stained by their exhibit's red dirt.

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I'm so jealous of zoos in warm climates--look at this expanse of rolling landscape for the giraffes.

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It has to be big, because they drive truckloads of paying guests (27 dollars for the privilege) in to feed the giraffes.

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Meanwhile, in ancient Egypt, my brother lounges against a sacred statue (Horus, maybe?)

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Then it was time to go up, up, up!

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Great view of this hoofstock, who must be very used to the Skyride running all day. I don't know what these are; they are patterned like Bongo but they are deer-shaped.

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The Ankole is an African breed of cattle with enormous horns--they hold the record for largest horn circumference among cattle. I first assumed this was a bull, based on that jazz under the belly, but the females also have that. All we can say for sure is that it feels good to scratch between the horns.

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This picture would be verboten at my own place of work--no pictures through fencing! But I knew this would be my best shot at photographing this purple turaco.

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This is a little wordy...

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But that is a lot of gulls.

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Look at the brave baby flamingo swimming in deep water, among the koi!

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ungulata
Sep. 14th, 2014 02:28 pm (UTC)
Chances are good that the striped antelope are nyala.
urbpan
Sep. 14th, 2014 02:52 pm (UTC)
I believe you are correct! Thanks, I should have known you'd step in! :)

Big ungulate workshop at the 2015 AAZK conference, by the way.
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