This week was spring break for our area's school district so my husband and I decided to take our grandsons to spend the day in the Denver Zoo! (All photos and photo collages in this post can be enlarged for easier viewing if clicked on)
The Denver Zoo is located at 2300 Steele Street in Denver, Colorado and is an 80 acre facility, founded in 1896. It is one of the most popular attractions in Denver. It became the first zoo in the United States to use naturalistic zoo enclosures rather than cages with bars.
If you click on to enlarge this photo you can see the general layout of the zoo and some of the day's shows.
Our grandsons were certainly excited to be here!
They each had their zoo maps to follow, and both decided to stop for a snack to give them fuel for all the walking we were going to do/
We enjoyed seeing the Siberian tigers, giraffes, zebras, snow leopards and striped hyenas.
The bears --Grizzly, Asiatic Black bears and polar bears--looked to be very sleepy in the early morning sun! The Bear Mountain was built in 1918, and was the first naturalistic habitat of its kind in North America. It is composed of giant plaster casts of actual rock outcroppings from an area near Morrison, Colorado.
The bears may have been sleepy, but our grand boys were full of energy, and enjoyed playing for awhile in one of the zoo's playground areas.
We then went into the Tropical Discovery area, that mimics a rain forest environment with waterfalls and jungle ruins, where we saw a komoto dragon, tropical fish, lizards and snakes and giant turtles.
Next, we viewed the majestic Asian elephants! They splashed in the pools and roamed the two miles of trails in their new 10 acre "Toyota Elephant Passage" area.
Gibbon monkeys swung overhead on Monkey Island, and the boys had a chance to mimic them on another zoo playground.
We also saw camels, maned wolves, water buffalo and rhinos, as well as other animals I did not photograph.You can see photos of all the animals that are contained in the Denver Zoo on this link.
One of my favorite areas was the Bird House that had over 200 species of exotic birds from around the world! Many were allowed to fly free inside the building's natural settings.
We enjoyed a ride on the Conservation Carousel///
...and the Pioneer Train.
From the looks of these two happy boys ,I'd say our day at the Denver Zoo was a happy one, don't you agree?
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