We simply could not have asked for a better day at the Zoo! It was pitch perfect temperature, in the mid 70s, soft sweet breeze, blue blue skies. We got there around 10:30 AM and stayed until 5:30 PM.
If you visit, plan on spending the whole day here because its a HUGE Zoo, with much to see. And make sure you carry a map because you are going to need it. We started at one end and circled around and still managed to get lost once or twice. But we didn’t mind because it was glorious to walk in this park.
The first thing we noticed was the foliage. Beautiful! We could not stop exclaming over the blossoms, the creepers, the ferns, the massive trees and tree trunks. Some of the plants were familiar to us because they grow in India and I couldn’t help naming them which makes my husband roll his eyes every time because he thinks I am making them up which, of course, makes me do it even more. 😀
By late afternoon, a lot of the animals were down for their siestas and boy, after all that walking, we were ready for one too! But onward and forward. We did see reptiles, giraffes, elephants, a lion gnawing on a bone which made me thankful that I was on this side of the fence, a lioness licking her chops and looking at us as though she wouldn’t mind seconds, a tiger who seemed to be taking a morbid pleasure in yawning and displaying his extremely sharp and serious looking molars, a very restless and humongous rhino who kept running around his pen, lots of monkeys, sleepy koalas, sleeping kangaroos, they being the latest additions to the zoo, a howling white wolf (my favorite!), polar bears, a fox, meercats, an orangutan in a sack (apparently he got really bored of watching the humans and needed some alone time), exotic birds, just to name a few of the inhabitants.
By now all that walking had made us so HUNGRY and I am glad we had packed lunches from Bread & Cie which we enjoyed thoroughly under the balmy palmy shade. Yup, we sure snarfed down those sandwiches! After lunch we walked around for some more “socializing”.
And we also took the Skyfari gondola ride which was AWESOME!!
Note: It goes one way, you get off, go around to the other side, and climb back on to go back.
All in all, it was a great day! But I wouldnt be honest if I didnt say, I still love our Cincinnati Zoo better! 😉