Thanks to the cloudy, cooler weather yesterday (Labor Day), we decided to go to the zoo first thing in the morning. It was a perfect day to be there! It was so nice and we were there early enough that it wasn't crowded yet. All the animals were out, about, and active.
We saw the elephants...
and the rhinos. It was fun watching the monkeys and gorillas swinging and walking around, too. And the new Rocky Shores is always a big hit. Jack enjoyed it more than he ever has before. We kept our little monkey on a leash which made it more enjoyable for us as well!
And the kids always love a carousel ride!
One of the best parts of the morning, though, were the big cats. We saw a jaguar chasing birds and trying to pounce on them, two snow leopards wandering about, and a lynx right by the cage fence who sat long enough for us to get a good look at how beautiful he was before walking into his cave. And then there was this big guy! This beautiful tiger walked around a bit before stepping into the pool. It was so much fun watching him in there.
I LOVE tigers!
After that, we got to watch him do "tricks" with the trainer. It's amazing just how big they really are. So this is why we still come to the zoo and are glad it's not a very long drive away! What a great way to spend the morning together as a family!