the bronx zoo

First things first. New Zoo Plans (shocka). We’ll be at the Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek, MI on Wednesday, June 24. Then the Brookfield Zoo (IL) on Thursday, June 25 in the morning for a few hours and the Lincoln Park Zoo (Chicago) in the afternoon. Leaving our house super-duper early on Wednesday morning, getting home late-ish Thursday night. We don’t, we don’t, we don’t mess around, hey!

If you want to meet us at one of those three zoos, please let me know!

Now, for the lovely Bronx Zoo. It really is lovely. And I expected it to be. I had heard great things about it. Surprisingly, since we’ve been home, I’ve had three or four people ask me, “How was the Bronx Zoo?” with a facial expression and tone that implied, “Can anything good come from the Bronx?”

Absolutely. We didn’t spend much time there–we just drove straight to the zoo and back out–but they have a zoo they can be proud of.

It rained a little bit off and on but an overall great day with our new friends, John, Kim and Conner!

My only complaint is that their zoo sign is out by the entrance to the parking lot (in very heavy traffic). Rather than risk death by vehicular manslaughter, we settled for a pic by the Zoo Store.

I’ll do my best to make sure this isn’t a giraffe-heavy post, but let me introduce you to Margaret. Just a few months old and as spunky as all get out. We ate our lunches (packed by Kim and extraordinarily delicious!) on secluded benches off to one side of the giraffe exhibit, far away from the 4400 school children in attendance at the zoo that day.

We watched little Greta (I took the liberty of nick-naming her.) run as fast as she could around and around. Then she’d stop and scare the resident peacock. Then go check on her mom. Then run around some more. I was in heaven.

Have you ever seen anything so precious as a baby giraffe craning her neck for a little nuzzle and guzzle? Me neither!

This little guy lives in the Congo Gorilla Forest, a phenomenal gorilla exhibit–probably the best in the country. You watch this short film about gorillas on a huge screen in a little theater, then the screen splits in two, and behind it are real gorillas! Heaps of them!

I love watching the differences between the young, energetic, playful gorillas and the older, exhausted, mildly annoyed gorillas.

Here we are in the CGF with John, Kim, and Conner. More pics of us with our friends in my next zoo post–Central Park.

Can you read this gal’s nametag? I met her getting on the bug carousel and told her my name. Then she was at the CGF when we got there. “Hey, her name’s Marla!” Gabe said. “I know. We’ve already met,” I said. She humored me by posing for a picture. I don’t meet a whole lot of other Marlas. She was delightful.

Not surprisingly, Gabe spent a lot of time shooting pics at Tiger Mountain. He limited himself to just one of his favorite tiger photos for this post.

Which is more than I can say for me and my giraffes.

Have a great Monday, everyone!

10 thoughts on “the bronx zoo

  1. Ashley P

    Let me know what time you are planning to be at Binder on Wednesday… I’m not 100% sure we’ll be there yet, but I’m working on it! 🙂 You can email me the details… ashleypichea (at) gmail. Thanks! 🙂

  2. Elizabeth

    I know I’ve been all these cool places lately, but your zoo pictures are making me wish I was there with you and your family. The pic of the baby giraffe nursing on his mama is the sweetest thing ever, and the gorillas are awesome. I once took a pic of the hugely pregnant gorilla at the Little Rock Zoo only to find out it was actually a mean daddy gorilla. I still get made fun of for that one.

  3. Lisa H

    I love giraffes too, Marla. Always have. It’s probably because I am six feet tall, and I feel like I can relate to them being so tall!!

    Love the picture of the giraffe with the peacock, since I have had peacocks on my mind lately 😉

    Have fun on your adventure this week.

  4. Missy

    The last pic almost looks like siamese giraffe twins. Almost. 🙂 Great tiger shot! Glad you had a fun (and safe) time!

  5. Marla Taviano

    Ang–seriously, let me know what you want me to do about the gift card. I would LOVE to save it until I get to OR, but I don’t want you to be out $10 if they don’t accept it by that time.

    Jen–no way is your mom named after a giraffe!! Awesome!

    Ali–I love you. 🙂

  6. jennikim

    love the photos! those giraffes are so sweet!

    i just found out this weekend that my mom is named after a giraffe. my grandma saw the giraffe’s name, jody, thought it was very pretty and decided to use it for my mom. 🙂

    im really going to try for wednesday. ill let you know for sure asap.

  7. Ang

    Hey, I thought you were going to save the gift card for when you come to visit me someday? Maybe it will expire by the time that happens. You can send it back…as long as you’re prepared for the package of unmentionables I’ll send straight back to you after I use it :0)

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