Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Tulsa Zoo

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On Monday, we were able to reward the kids for all their help with the art show and for their great efforts at school (already). It's been a while since we have been able to do a fun family day trip, but with Tulsa just two hours away, it was not a bad little trek.

I had no idea that this would be such a quality zoo experience. We have been to a number of good zoos across the country, and this one ranked right up there. The first thing we saw was a highly entertaining interaction between a chimp Momma and her small baby, who kept climbing up ropes, teasing his mommy, whereupon, she would swoop up and grab the baby and bring him down on the floor where she tickled and wrestled him. It was so entertaining, I forgot to take a picture!

Next we came to the elephants, where one of the four was being an absolute stinker...also highly entertaining! We got a kick out of his getting into their water hole and trying to steal the hay right out of the other elephants mouths!

I was very impressed with the number of endangered animals they had there, some with just 50 animals left in the wild.

My next favorite event was in the Amazon rain forest, where signage warned against any open food containers as many animals and birds range freely inside this building. A zoo keeper walks around inside answering questions and giving information about the animals. He gave us some amazing info about the green Anaconda, one of the largest snakes in the world, capable of taking down a bull elephant if it so desires. This one was only half-grown....and already gave me the willies. Unfortunately my camera battery died before I could capture my husband's rapid exit of the building once he discovered bats roosting just overhead.

It was a great day (despite my almost losing my purse) and is a zoo we will definitely visit again during cooler weather, when some of the other animals will be more active.

(and now, I must get back to my fourteen loads of laundry....the dryer is now fixed...just a burned out fuse, apparently.)


klasieprof said...

Ok everybody. RIGHT NOW. Go to your dryer and check the lint amount, and the hose. Ours was SQUISHED up against the wall, and it didn't have room to breathe.
the dryer vent at my duplex was PACKED chock full at the exterior of the house last week. It was sort of icky wondering whose laundry lint I was digging out.
Glad your dryer is fixed.

Rebeckah said...

Hi Vanessa, I don't know if you remember me from college. I was looking at my friend Erica's blog on Friday and then I went to her friend Heidi's and that is where I stumbled onto this ABSOLUTELY delightful blog. I love it more than any other blog I have seen in a long time! It has everything! Humor, projects, creativity! I just love it so much. I have only been able to read 2 months of your life so far, but I want to read about them all : ). You are a really great writer. Oh, and your kids, so cute : )!

ness said...

Becky Leatherman! No way i could ever forget you! From a brief look at your blog, it looks like you have as much energy as ever...and putting it to precious good use too! I'm so glad you found me :)

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