Another day at the Zoo

Our childcare provider is on vacation today, so I had a little holiday from work and stayed home with Adrianna. I decided that we should spend a part of our day at the zoo.

Adrianna at the Zoo

Amber and Adrianna at the zoo

It was just the two of us, but that worked pretty well as we (meaning I) could decide which animals and exhibits we wanted to see. We saw giraffes, zebras, lions, elephants, rhinos, a polar bear, otters, and many more.

Zebras at the Denver Zoo

My favorite animals that we visited today were the African Wild Dogs. I am not sure if I have ever noticed these animals before today, but they are so adorable. Many of the visitors were incorrectly telling their kids that they were hyenas, but hyenas are kinda ugly and these dogs were so cute that I wanted to take them home with me. And they are not scavengers (according to the zoo’s information about them). I am so kicking myself that I didn’t take a picture of them, because one came right up to the glass where we were standing and just nonchalantly hung out for awhile and yawned. To see what an African Wild Dog looks like, here is a link to a Google Images search. The first picture is amazing.

I went back to the African Wild Dogs area after I had my camera out, but unfortunately they were all lazy and lying the in the shade at that point. I had completely missed my opportunity.


Adrianna’s favorite animals today were the hippos. They were completely submerged in their pool of water, and then all of a sudden one or more hippo heads were emerge, take a breath and sometimes snort water out of their noses, and go back under. Each time we could see a hippo, Adrianna would start pointing and chattering away. She was very excited, especially when three of the hippos then got part-way out of the water so we could see them a little more.

Hippos at the Denver Zoo

It was a great way to spend a few hours.

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