It’s all happening at the zoo

Someone told me
It’s all happening at the zoo
I do believe it
I do believe it’s true

It’s a light and tumble journey
From the East Side to the park
Just a fine and fancy ramble to the zoo
But you can take the crosstown bus
If it’s raining or it’s cold
And the animals will love it
If you do…

Both Friday and today we took that crosstown bus across 86th Street to meet the express bus to the Bronx Zoo. Both days were gorgeous and so we took the time to do the zoo in two parts.

If you don’t live in New York and you hear that the zoo is in the Bronx, bet you are thinking of an urban jungle for the poor animals to live in.  Not so!  The zoo is a gorgeous oasis on the Bronx River, and you can almost believe you are in all the habitats that they have to offer. It’s lush and lovely.

We started with the bison.  Evidently those we saw in Yellowstone were introduced from here! We were so proud. Don’t forget to vote while you have the chance. Who knew the bison wasn’t already our national animal?

Okay, now for the part that every child in the zoo wanted to see first.  Admit it – you are dying to catch sight of the monkeys and all their close relatives, right?  Well, here is what we saw:

If you want to see the gorillas en famille, I do think this is a sweet family group.  (Probably none of them are related, but it’s my blog, and I say they are a sweet gorilla family, resting at home.)

And then there are the African and Asian mammals – also top celebrities.  Here come the lions and tigers and bears and camels and giraffes, etc. The polar bear snuck in there somehow – but was only willing to stretch a leg for us.

And then there is the new Dinosaur Safari.  I’m sure you don’t need to be told that these are not live animals, but they were definitely dramatic.  Guess the lines are blurring between reality and the joys of Disney World.

And now for one of the prettiest groups – the birds!  What variety, what colors, what wonderful sounds.

It was lovely to see them all.  And I am sure the animals were just delighted that we stopped by.

3 thoughts on “It’s all happening at the zoo

  1. When I was a child living in Westchester County my mother took my brother and I to the Bronx Zoo several Times. I vaguely remember riding an animal – camel? elephant? They probably don’t do that any more or we surely would have a picture of Don atop something exotic.

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  2. Uncanny you should mention that. Yes, they still have camel rides – in fact I do have a picture of one in a bridle on the post. But since neither Don or I was willing to get onboard, there is no photo of either one of us lurching along on a camel, though I can assure you there was heated discussion….

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