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Zoo day, part three

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Duck duck duck duck hey you gonna finish that?


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The gorillas were so close I could smell them. I like the smell of gorillas, especially outdoors.

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I'm gonna need someone to write a story about the hard boiled gorilla detective who smokes.

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When I finally found some signage, it was spectacular. Also in chalk.

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If you really want to see animals at Animal Kingdom, you have to get on the safari ride. Here's a black rhino.

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The black rhino snoozes in the shade while the great egret (a fly-in) sunbathes.

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Hippos and pelicans. Our guide confided that one of the breeding pairs is a pair of males who incubate foster eggs.

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Nile crocodiles know when to pose for the passing safari.

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Here we see two subspecies of giraffe--a Masai on the left and a reticulated on the right.

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I don't see elephants very often, so the awe of them is still intact.

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Here they have to compete with a truly impressive and monumental fake tree.

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I think I've seen three species of flamingo on this trip.

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Even at Animal Kingdom, lions sleep 20 hours a day.

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Grant's zebra, a small subspecies of plains zebra, that we also have at Franklin Park.

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These are Addax, according to my friend who works here. Beautiful creatures about which I know nothing.

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A galapagos tortoise, about half the size of the Aldabras I posted about earlier. This guy could end up much bigger than them, if he lives for another several decades.

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This giant Thai catfish (five feet long) has been trained to voluntarily enter a sling to be moved from his exhibit when needed.

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My buddy Janelle closes her eyes as the Pacus approach one another for a kiss (not really).

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A giant anteater strides about, while a melon in his enclosure honors the American Association of Zoo Keepers.

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Roseate spoonbills snuggle on their nest.

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A babirusa boar is sacked out in the shade. (This was one of the hottest days of the trip--well into the 90s I believe).

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One of the sections designed to look like an African train station had this public service announcement on the wall.

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My zookeeper pals for the day (and into the future), Dave and Janelle.

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Janelle briefly joined the Chip and Dale dancers.

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elainetyger
Sep. 17th, 2014 02:43 am (UTC)
What a fun set of pictures!
didotwite
Sep. 17th, 2014 03:07 pm (UTC)
Those look like Asian elephants so they're actually smallish :)
didotwite
Sep. 17th, 2014 03:08 pm (UTC)
Speaking of
urbpan
Sep. 18th, 2014 12:25 am (UTC)
Re: Speaking of
Tiny elephant in a coat!
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