We had a lovely day...it was chilly to start out, but then the winds died down and the sun came out and it was gorgeous. I think the kids had a blast.
When we parked, we were greeted by a ton of sea gulls. Why there are sea gulls in Ohio is beyond me? but there were a ton of them.
The first official animal we saw at the zoo were the flamingos. They were being loud and I am not sure what two of them were doing with stretching their necks up?
Next up was Bill's annual picture with the statue of Pepe the penguin. We started this as a joke when Bill and I were dating, and it has evolved to include each child. This year a nice stranger offered to take my picture with the family, so I get to be included too!
After seeing the koala eating his lunch (yes the koalas were awake and very active, which NEVER happens when we go to the zoo) we stopped to eat our own lunch and enjoy the views of eating while watching some monkeys playing! To save money, I packed the kids' lunches, while Bill and I splurged on zoo food.
After lunch, it was off to see more animals, including the "Queen of the Columbus Zoo"--Colo, who is the oldest gorilla born in captivity. She is over 50 years old and is boss!
The kids had a blast. Jacob got scared by a baby gorilla that came running around a corner throwing hay. Benjamin LOVED the aquarium and would have spent all day there watching the fish if I would have let him. Rebecca enjoyed reading all the animal facts and taking us through the zoo using her map. She was also happy to see her favorite zoo animal, the lions.
The kids had a blast. Rebecca said it was the best day ever! It was a pretty good day. The kids were very tired after we left and Benjamin was asleep before we left the parking lot! Overall, it was a great day!
Do you have a favorite zoo to visit? What is your favorite zoo animal?