Monday, July 2, 2012

Lions and Tigers and Bears

I’m not going to lie. I am not a big fan of the zoo. Every time I visit one, I always end up feeling sorry for the animals and walk away sad. And don’t even get me started on the circus. 

However, when I learned that the St. Louis Zoo was a) the #1 ranked zoo in the country and b) free, I was on board. (Disclaimer: Parking was not free.) At least I would get to see some birds, and we all know how I feel about birds. 

The zoo itself was quite large and we got lost in it multiple times. Personally, I felt that the signs were a bit confusing, but in fairness, that could have just been heat exhaustion setting in. Steph + Heat = meltdown. 

After watching the amazing documentary series Frozen Planet, one of my must see exhibits was the Penguin & Puffer Coast. Partly because it provided relief from the heat and partly because I am obsessed with all things penguin, I spent an inordinate amount of time in here just watching the birds. I cannot believe how still penguins can stand – they almost didn’t seem real. 

We also spent a good deal of time in the Jungle of the Apes because let’s face it they are just fun to watch, even when they are spreading their crap all over the windows.

This giraffe was a rock star. He was perfectly content just sitting there and eating whatever grass was in neck’s reach. 

It was hot out there, and this bear knew it. 

So did these lazy big cats.

For more information on the St. Louis Zoo including hours, directions and prices, please click here.

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