Tuesday, January 10, 2012

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This weekend the weather was perfect as it usually is in early January. It was sunny and in upper 60s as we headed out to SF Zoo. Anna was excited – according to her, “we haven’t been in a zoo in a thousand years!”. She is partially right – even though we have a membership, we don’t get out there often enough. This time we led her to define where we will go and how long we will spend where. It was a nice change not to be in charge and just enjoy the moment.


Anna’s favorite place is, of course, Children Zoo. It’s a great hands-on place set up as a mini-farm. Children get to brush goats ans sheep, scoop the droppings, feed the goats (if parents buy a few food pellets for 50 cents), see how chicken hatchery works and pump water. We spent at least an hour in that area.



Anna also wanted to see “the monkeys”. SF Zoo has a pretty big primates exhibit with various monkeys including rare gorillas and chimpanzees. They were pretty active when we were there and enjoying a nice warm day. Anna also enjoyed an interesting interactive quiz comparing humans to gorillas.



Anna also wanted to see bears. SF Zoo has polar bears and an interesting grizzly habitat. Anna commented that this polar bear looks green and not white. When we came home, we read here that In zoos, polar bears have been known to turn green due to colonies of algae growing in their hollow hair shafts.


We had a very fun trip and stayed for 4 hours. I did my best keeping Anna awake on the way home, and she was sleeping soundly at 7 pm without any protests about going to bed too early.

Lifesize Zoo

In honor of our zoo trip, I am going to pick up Life-Size Zoo from the library again. It’s an awesome book with a lot of interesting facts about animals and beautiful photos. I am sure that Anna is going to enjoy reading it again, especially since she just saw some of those animals up close and personal.


MaryAnne said...

What a wonderful day out! I've seen green polar bears in zoos.

Kelly said...

It looks like a perfect day at the zoo. We have a polar bear at our zoo and the kids always enjoy seeing it. I'm always amazed at how big they are.
Little Wonders' Days

Jackie H. said...

Fun! I love lifesize zoo! I have to say, it was upper 60s in Missouri this weekend too! Not often that we get to enjoy the weather of San Francisco. It's going to be back down to 20s tomorrow. :(

Ticia said...

That does make sense about the bears, it's a shame it happens though.

I SO wish Austin had a better zoo.

Christy said...

Fantastic day! I'm going to request that book. Believe it or not, it has been in the 50's and 60's here lately - crazy.

Christy said...

I just requested that book and wanted to let you know (in case you don't know already) that there is a second book titled More Life Size Zoo by the same author. I requested that one too.

Debbie said...

So much fun at the zoo. Interesting facts about the Polar bear. The zoo is on our to do list for this summer.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Green polar bears - fascinating!

Kim said...

Sounds like a great visit! I wish our children's zoo was as nice as yours. We always spend forever there, and there isn't really much too do... We also have a membership to the zoo that we need to use more - there is a brand new elephant exhibit that I've been waiting for, and we still haven't gone to see it (it opened in October!).. Our zoo doesn't have the Life Size Zoo book... Wah.

Susana said...

We love the Life Size Zoo books too.

Very cute about Anna and not going in a thousand years. I bet she had fun deciding on her own route this zoo trip.

Interesting about the algae and polar bears. We used to have polar bears, but not anymore. They took out both the polar and bears and sea lions a couple years ago due to our extremely hot climate. I understand, but was disappointed.

Glad you had a super fun day together. It makes me want to get to our zoo very soon!

Mom and Kiddo said...

Here's another going to the zoo book: My Side of the Car. It is actually not about the vist to the zoo, but the trip. And lots of fun.

Joyful Learner said...

We're scheduled to go to the zoo next month with friends. I'm going to take the book recommendations from here and the comments! Have you been to the Oakland Zoo? We enjoyed that as well especially since the feel of the zoo was very different from SF Zoo.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

What a wonderful day trip! We haven't been to our local zoo in ages. Now you have me wanting to go.

Sarah said...

That looks like such a fun outing! I think we'll have to go to the zoo now. I love how you read books in that theme also, what a great idea.

Michelle said...

What a great trip...Juliette has been singing that Zoo song since yesterday, I think she really wants to go back to the zoo. I think we went to 3 different ones over the summer with our Membership.