Tuesday, February 08, 2005
Zoos I Have Visited
I don't think that I went to another zoo until my husband and I started dating in 1990. Many weekends were spent by us at now closed Nashville Zoo, which was located in Joelton, Tenn. We spent many days of our two-year courtship there, then never went back after we married. But we started traveling to other zoos: Atlanta, St. Louis and the best of all, San Diego. I cracked a bone in my foot at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and hobbled through the St. Louis Zoo in lots of pain with lots of Advil. The penquins were my favorite animal in St. Louis. Atlanta, I guess, the gorillas were my favorite. In San Diego, I remember most the bus ride throughout the park. My favorite animals at the Nashville Zoo in Joelton were the giraffes and the reptile house.
I expanded over the years to include aquariums in my travels. Seattle had the first aquarium I visited. We visited the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, where the catfish was a favorite of mine. The only other aquarium I've visited is the one in Long Beach, Calif.
I travel a lot to the Midwest for my job, so I've been to the Minnesota Zoo in Minneapolis several times. By far, my favorite animal there is the komodo dragon. There were two during my first visit, but one died. Its skeleton is on exhibit. The dolphins are a main attraction at that zoo, and I enjoyed the show. Plus I love the bengal tiger exhibit which was featured on Ultimate Zoo. I've also been to the Milwaukee Zoo a few times. It's the only zoo where I've seen beer offered, but Miller Beer is a major sponsor of the facility.
A cool place I visited last year was Reptile Gardens in Rapid City, S.D. I saw my first and only boom slang there. I was so excited that I called my husband and described every detail to him.
Monday, February 07, 2005
I noticed how excited all the children were. I felt sad because I knew that they would not have a lot of time to see all the animals as the zoo was scheduled to close at four. I remembered my first trip to a zoo. I was four years old; in 1957, my family visited an aunt and uncle in Savannah, Tenn., and we went to the Memphis Zoo. I remember seeing "monkeys" in a large black wrought iron cage. These animals had bare bottoms and dark fur. They climbed around the cage and showed us their butts. I remember riding a pony because I have a snapshot of me on the animal. I was infatuated by chimps at the time, so I'm sure that's why I remember the "monkeys" so vividly. A chimp was always on my list for Santa each year. And a couple of times, I received a stuffed one.
In the news today, there are cheetah cubs on display at the National Zoo in Washington D.C. These are on display at the discretion of the keepers. They are ten weeks old. The Louisville Zoo has two rare Steller's eagles on display. They are the largest eagles in the world, according to an article at kentucky.com. One of the eagles at the Louisville Zoo has a nine foot wing span.
Friday, February 04, 2005
Thursday, February 03, 2005
Once You Get Started
Recently I blogged on the Hammock employee blog about a press check I did for MyBusiness magazine in Milwaukee, WI, and I got addicted. So bad that I started my own blog about zoos and animals, a passion of mine.
Tuesday, February 01, 2005
All That's Good About Zoos
Zoos are always helping out in unseen ways to the public. Here is a story about the Tulsa Zoo where an injured bald eagle was rehabilitated and released recently.