Monday, October 13

The Zoo

I really enjoy visiting our local zoo, the Lincoln Park Zoo. I am a bit disappointed, though, when we discover (what feels like) the majority of the animals taking indoor breaks instead of strutting their stuff outside. I get tired of passing habitat after habitat explaining, "Well, I guess that one's inside for dinner," or "The sign says he had to go to the doctor" or whatever. I've even been inclined to think that some of the animals listed don't even exist. Within the zoo, I mean. But despite that, I've come to love the beauty of the zoo grounds and the enthusiasm evident in my children.
We usually go in the afternoon and spend two hours. This is a good amount of time to catch a portion of the zoo (which now always includes a visit to the fantastic tree-climbing structure in the Children's Zoo), leaving a different section to explore during our next visit. Honestly, I find the zoo a welcome change from following my kids around the playground. Much more interesting for me while physical and educational for my kids.
Above, you see two of my current zoo favorites: the beavers and the lovely fall foliage. Below, you see one of my kids' favorites: the animal statues (Those belong to the Brookfield Zoo, but their fondness for animal statues extends to all zoos). Really, this is why it doesn't matter if any of the animals are out or not. The only other thing that excites them nearly as much as the statues is the animal poop. If they only had beautifully landscaped pooping-animal-statue parks we wouldn't really even need the zoo.


kirsten said...

that first shot with the otter is priceless!

Amber said...

I love the Brookfield zoo, we live right in between the Brookfield zoo and the Milwaukee zoo, so we frequent both. I really love your blog! Thanks for posting, as a mother of 3 little ones and living in Chicagoland, I feel like we have a bit in common. Keep the posts coming!

Amy said...

That kangaroo in the last picture looks like he could be pooping. :)

Vintage Kids' Books My Kid Loves said...

love that water shot!

moomer said...

I'm reliving the zoo experiences & already eagerly anticipating my next opportunity to join in the fun! The pics & your description sum it up so well.

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