We love our zoo. I don’t know if I have mentioned that before. πŸ™‚

This past Saturday, they had their annual “Party for the Planet”- an event designed to educate kids on the planet and the importance of taking care of it. They had tons of exhibits- NASA “stuff”, special buildings not typically opened were open, arts and craft booths, the ability to meet various animals, etc. It was NEAT- and CROWDED! We actually had to park on the side of the road in a side lot- and we got there right when it started! By the time we left, people were parked on the sides of the road and in the baseball field’s parking lot beside the zoo. It was crazy!

When we got there, we were given a reusable bag so that all of our goodies could go in there.

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Here is a collage of some of the pictures I took in the science area…

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Here are the “new” animals we were able to meet…

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They had this reptile building open that we had never been able to go in. Inside were all sorts of creepy crawlies. πŸ™‚ We enjoyed it- only because there was thick glass between us and them though! Whew!!
Baby alligator… (funny side note- he had been staring out the glass and when I pulled my phone out to take a picture, he turned around! So I guess I should say, “bashful” baby alligator!)

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HUGE active snake (we don’t know what it is but it was quick large- although the green anaconda we found once before is much bigger)…

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Yuck!!

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In the background of the picture above, you can see a blurry yellow snake- it was apparently resting and it, too, was rather large.

Once we left there, we went to check on the wallabies to see if we could spot the baby wallaby. While we were there, the momma emu got off her eggs for a bit…

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Then she quickly got back on them. I am guessing she just needed to stretch her legs. πŸ™‚

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If you look CAREFULLY in the photo below, the baby wallaby (located smack middle of the picture) is poking its head out of its mommy’s pouch.

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Now for the cropped view…

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I’ve decided that once the momma wallaby is tired of carrying the baby around, she will go on a jumping spree because that DEFINITELY looked uncomfortable for the baby and so he/she will jump out. πŸ™‚

Our favorite zookeeper brought their lunch (again, if you look CAREFULLY you can see the baby’s head)

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Again, the cropped view!

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Lunchtime! (The momma wallaby is the one with her back to us now)

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I don’t remember what this kangaroo did but the zookeeper gave him an earful. HA! She is SOOOOO funny.

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Then we went to another exhibit area and Sam immediately wanted to give “Woodsy” a hug. He still LOVES mascots but sadly, we don’t seem to run into them as much over here as we did in NC. 😦

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Then we went to a “hawk” talk.

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(left to right: red tail hawk, Harris Hawk, ____ falcon (not peregrine), and a _____asian owl)
Juvenile red tail hawk (juvenile= less than year old so his “barbs” haven’t fallen off and been replaced by the red feathers yet)

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Harris Hawk (originally discovered in Louisiana by James Audobon although they are normally found out west in NM/AZ)

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_____asian owl (often used in movies instead of great horned owls because these are calmer)

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I love how they turn their heads backwards!

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The main guy (the one with the falcon) asked the owl guy to show how big of a wingspan this owl has and how quietly he flaps his wings. So he shook his arm which made the owl flap but also he fell off the guy’s arm. Watch…

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BOINK!

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Neat owl…

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Lastly, we saw the falcon.

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Only in Louisiana would a falcon wear an LSU “hood”

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Falcons wear hoods so they can’t see there are tons of people around. If they knew, they wouldn’t be calm and sit on the falconers hand.

I made several videos and pasted them together below. In the video, you can see Sam make a fish painting which was kind of neat.

That was our fun zoo trip!
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Steph