Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Hogle Zoo


This last weekend we took Lillian to the Hogle Zoo.[1] We've been waiting for her to be old enough to enjoy it. A few months ago we took her to a pet store to see if she'd be interested. She had a good time but didn't give any video-worthy performances. And her attention span ran out pretty quickly. So we waited a little longer before taking her to the zoo. We were accompanied (to the zoo) by Leann's sister, Jennie, and her family, and Leann's old roommate, Maggie, and her family.[2] This year there was a new attraction, called Rocky Shores. Here are some of the animals we saw:


Some Amur tigers.


A snow leopard and her cub.


The giraffes, Pogo on the left and Daphne on the right.


A western lowland gorilla who got right up to the glass and just stared at Lilli.[3]

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Some Brown Tufted Capuchin monkeys.


The African elephants, left to right, baby Zuri, Christie, and Dari (who is the oldest elephant in captivity).


A ring-tailed lemur.


Several North American river otters.


A few harbor seals.


A California sea lion.


A polar bear (who had dingy fur and paced his cage instead of playing in the pool).[4]


Some Angora goats.


A golden eagle (at the bird show).


Lilli's cousins, Ryleigh and Roscoe, rode on the carousel, but we decided Lilli would only enjoy it for a few minutes and then want to get down and walk around.


Some wallabies and an Aldabra tortoise.


Two Siamese Crocodiles.

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Several Red Ibises in the small animal building. Iif you watch closely you can see its eyelids are white, which looks a little freaky.

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Some golden lion tamarins.

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And some common squirrel monkeys.


My favorite exhibit at the zoo—the wall of insects, spiders, and scorpions.

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And slender-tailed meerkats.

All that walking around left us hot and parched. So on the way home we took a detour to Nielsen's Frozen Custard.[5] A few years ago, when Leann took a summer course at the old BYU Salt Lake Center, it was on our way (and it came highly recommended), so we stopped by several times. One of those times I ordered a regular vanilla custard concrete with chocolate chips and cherries added in.[6] It was fantastic. Now that's what I get every time we go there (which, unfortunately, isn't very often).[7] Leann always gets something else and then laments that mine is better, so it's probably the best thing you could possibly get there.


Notes:

[1] See also last year's post about a trip to Hogle Zoo at Zoorassic Park.

[2] Their family has a blog at http://benandmaggiecope.blogspot.com/.

[3] For a funny gorilla video, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lb-vpmW1n7U.

[4] Leann tells me that this is a sign of insanity in caged animals.

[5] The venue we visited is at 3918 Highland Drive, Holladay, UT. There are also venues in Bountiful, Utah; Layton, Utah; St. George, Utah; and Las Vegas, Nevada.

[6] I did this because I could remember eating chocolate chip and cherry ice cream at my Grandma Crook's house when I was little.

[7] I have tried to replicate this experience by buying chocolate chip and cherry ice creams at the store. But it never works.

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