"We're goin' to the zoo, zoo, zoo
How about you, you, you?
You can come too, too, too
We're goin' to the zoo, zoo, zoo."
When I get an invitation to go along on a Spring Break day trip to the Cincinnati Zoo with 5 of my grandbabies (and their mommas), of course I'm going!
Emily drove me down with her two adorable foster children and we joined up with Kara and her 3 sweeties for a fun adventure.
Because any outing with these 5 qualifies as an adventure!
It drizzled earlier in the morning, but never while we were there and actually was perfect weather for a zoo outing...overcast and not too hot. I don't know if I've ever been to a zoo when it wasn't hotter than the dickens. And the animals liked the cooler weather and were out and about.
You may remember the tragic incident a few years ago at the Cincinnati Zoo when a child fell into the gorilla enclosure. The child recovered from his injuries, but one of the gorillas had to be killed in order to rescue the little boy. After that incident, donations poured into the zoo and the entire gorilla habitat was revamped.
The gorillas had just received their celery breakfast and come out for the day. (I'm not sure what that one at the bottom is doing....)
The children had a gorilla-eye view of the big silverback...
Gramaw's own little wild ones doing their gorilla impressions...
LOVE tigers!!! Seeing tigers in the wild in India is on my bucket list.
Lucy's got a tiger by the tail, it's plain to see....
(If it seems like I have a song for every situation, I do. It's a Gray family thing...)
Never seen a snow leopard in the wild either, and doubt that I ever will. Not sure I'm up to climbing the Himalayas in Nepal to see them...you know I'm a flatlanders girl...
Daniel was a charmer all day long! Such a sweet, good-natured, easy-going little fella.
Just love him to pieces!!!
T and Lucy are the best of buddies when they get together. A lot of energy in these two cute littles!
A ride on the carousel is always fun!
Followed, of course, by a ride on the zoo train.
Emily and Kara reported it to be underwhelming, but the children loved it!
As for Gramaw, I opted to stay and watch this precious napper!
Abram is so observant...nothing escapes his sharp eyes and mind! He quickly pointed out the "A" in the concrete...."A" for Abram!
Meerkats doing footprint art with this gal...
The kids hoped to see Fiona, the famous baby hippo, underwater. T did get a glimpse of her, but she never came very close.
These were the best hippo photos I got! So much cuter than Fiona ever thought about being...
A spitting flamingo???
Abram was thrilled to get a new treasure for his treasure chest...a flamingo feather!
Up close and personal with this big boy! Glad there's a strong glass between us!
Beautiful crowned crane, one of my favorite African birds...
Daniel got plenty of mothering.
We were all tuckered out by the time we got back at the entrance. Kara and Emily did not allow us to go inside the Reptile House, as they were afraid I might get lost there like I did last time I was at the Cincinnati Zoo nearly 57 years ago. (Yes, of course I had to tell that story again...) I truly think they were using that as an excuse not to go visit the snakes, but you never can know about Gramaw....
Lots of smiles all around!
What a great day...
...goin' to the zoo, zoo, zoo.