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A Zoo-y Weekend

21 Aug

Chris went to the gym to play basketball Saturday morning. We decided to follow shortly after with our wheels. After watching Daddy play ball for a few minutes, the kids on their bikes and I on my rollerblades wheeled the mile to the playground, played hide-and-seek there, and then wheeled back to the car.

We spent a lazy afternoon playing at the house and cleaning the (blech) car. Temps have been mild recently so it’s a great time to do these things! Chris and I went off in the evening with Justin and Sara to see The Dave Matthews Band in Dallas. Due to the late night, they stayed over and the kids were ecstatic to see them in the morning!

After being worn out by the kids, Justin and Sara went home and we went to the Ft. Worth Zoo!

The flamingos are always a favorite and were our first stop.

Elijah loves the new aviary area. He spent quite a while enjoying the ducks and swans.

Sadie had to show Daddy this bird. Guess what? It’s part of the goose family!

We escaped the bees of the picnic area by snacking on the go.

The baby chimpanzees are hysterical. One little guy was very busy ripping fabric into strips and trying to tie them around himself. Amazing. The kids noted the similarity between primates hands and our own.

Some fun facts: The Ibex is a male- we know this because his horns make a semi-circle. The female’s horns grow only to about 15″. She was up on the cliff. The black rhino has a prehensile lip that he can use to grab things with- this one was grabbing the bamboo through the fence. The Asian elephant has ears that are smaller than those of the African elephant. Elephants’ ears have a vast blood supply close to the surface of the skin- flapping them helps to cool the blood as it returns to their core. This helps them to keep cool in the heat. Why do you think African elephants have bigger ears?? Meerkats have a very organized society and live in a series of connecting tunnels.

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Posted by on August 21, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

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2 responses to “A Zoo-y Weekend

  1. Christa

    August 22, 2008 at 10:13 am

    Zoo fun!We really need to use our membership more, we are so close and it is so fun!

     
  2. waltzingthroughlife

    August 25, 2008 at 7:10 am

    What a fabulous day!!

    Isn’t it so much fun to learn right along with our children?? I swear I have learned more stuff about the world around me in the past 3 years than I did in ALL of my public school years. It’s so fun & amazing!!

     

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