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.
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.