A week or so ago, I had a book club meeting and had to bring the girls to Saint Louis with me, so we -in our usual fashion- tried to make the most of our required travel. We left that morning and drove the two hours north to the zoo.
We left at lunchtime for my mom’s house (an hour west of the zoo) and spent the afternoon with my parents before I had to drop them off with Zack’s mom and head to bookclub. It was a big day! We also spent the night, since Zack was busy with something all day Saturday and we wouldn’t see him anyway.
It was a perfect day to walk around the zoo! It was just us, a few older couples, and two classes on a field trip. Even the parking lots were empty when we arrived. So quiet!
You may notice in some photos that Rae is not wearing shoes…welp, she wore the wrong shoes and developed a blister before we made it into the zoo. oye.
So, she walked barefoot like the ferrel homeschooled child she very well may actually be…
Rae took most of the photos I decided to post of the animals. She really liked that blue-black bird. It posed quite nicely for her until she began to walk up to it.
The orangutans ( mom and her child) walked over to the window as we showed up and played hide-and-seek with each other! The animals were on their a-game for us that day!
The cheetahs and hyenas were even out! A once every ten years occurrence, in my experience!
The cheetah walked out just for us (or so I think) and was gone again before anyone else turned the corner.
The hyenas just stared us down and thoroughly looked as though they desired to eat each and every onlooker.
Rae found a little seat within a rock ledge and decided it needed to be scaled for a posed photograph.
Rae’s favorite animal was not out and about, so here she is next to the sign.
She sure is cute.
Can you spot the sea lion? It just bobbed like that for so long!! Maybe it was sleeping?
We didn’t get to visit as much as we would’ve liked too, but we did see a ton of flamingoes really close and the girls didn’t have to wait for other kids to finish using the giant misting fans. Ha.