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!