We took MC to visit the NC Zoo in Asheboro last week. The weather was absolutely perfect; the zoo was not crowded, and we all had a fantastic time! Almost all of the animals were up and moving around, so we got to see a lot of interesting things.
By far the most interesting animal experience for me was the baboon exhibit. There are two new baby baboons that have been born in the last month. When we walked up, one of the mamas was sitting up on a rock right in front of us and nursing her baby, while the daddy sat right beside her. At one point the baby got distracted so she reached down and tickled his cheek to get him to latch again. It was so neat...I've done that exact same thing to MC!!
NC Zoo is a natural habitat zoo, so no cages with bars. The animals are all in enclosures that match their natural habitats in the wild. I was really impressed by how close-up we were to many of the animals. MC could really see them all very closely and was very interested in most of them.
I was most excited about seeing Patches the polar bear. She is new to the zoo as of Dec 2013 and is still getting used to her new home. The zoo has posted some great videos on FB of her playing in the water, so I was hoping that MC would get to see her in action! She came out for a few minutes to stretch and enjoy the pretty weather while we were there. The polar bear exhibit is undergoing an extensive renovation, scheduled to be completed by the end of this year, so there will be new additions to see soon.
There was a really cute nature themed playground that MC had fun exploring.
And, of course, no visit to the zoo would be complete without some soft-serve ice cream! (And a carousel ride, but I didn't get any good pictures of that.)
By the time we made it around to the Africa side of the zoo, we were getting really close to MC's nap time. We could tell she was getting tired, but she hung in there and enjoyed the last few animals. We very rarely keep her out past nap time or bed time, so we weren't quite sure what to expect.
The giraffes, zebras, and ostriches were all in the same enclosure together. The giraffes seemed to be chasing the zebras around, which I guess is not harmful (no one other than me seemed concerned, LOL!)...and for us it meant we got to see them moving around quite a bit.
We saved the elephant exhibit for last, and this one was right in front of us. MC charmed some of the other zoo visitors by doing her elephant sounds (complete with arm-as-trunk movement) while we watched the elephant graze in the grass.