the brookfield zoo

We’re at a hotel in St. Louis right now, gearing up for Zoo #51 (FIFTY-ONE!!) in the morning. I wrote the following post a couple weeks ago about Zoo #40. Wow, do I have my work cut out for me!

Sorry I’ve been out of the blog loop for a bit. Zooing and meeting new folks and driving over 5,000 miles in 15 days leaves little time for blogging. Today’s the last day to follow our LIVE Zoo Updates from Facebook and Twitter. I’ve had a blast keeping up with so many of you during our trip!

And for a sneak peek of what we’ve been up to, here’s a post about one of our recent stops. I’ll be back soon!

We really enjoyed our visit to the Brookfield Zoo–even if it was the hottest, humidest day ever. Our Zoo Friend Jon is from Chicago and loves BZ. It’s not hard to see why.

Cool sign, eh? You can’t really tell, but that’s a hugundo dinosaur that moves its head and spits water.

We actually had a couple cool signs to choose from, which delighted me. And do you know what I just realized? I’m obsessed with Zoo Signs. Technically, I’m obsessed with words. I love them almost as much as giraffes. And when the word is spelled Z-O-O? Even better?

Okay, how stinkin’ cute is that baby gibbon?? Tropic World was our first stop at the zoo and one of our favorite parts of the day. You walk along a path at treetop level, like you’re at the top of the jungle canopy. We saw all kinds of monkeys and apes—including several babies and two squabbling young gorillas.

Brookfield has tons o’ bears. I’m pretty sure they have each species covered. Well, I didn’t see a grolar bear. I didn’t even know there was such a thing until my dad told me about it a couple days ago.

A rare picture of Gabe (taken by me, not a tripod). His camera strap is typically glued to his neck.

The typically-elusive (or sleeping) snow leopard–awake, alert, and posing for pictures.


If I had a dollar for every time Gabe said “Mmmm…BOOtee” that day, I could have flown all of you to California. Dude, it’s an African tribe, not street slang.

Mama Peahen and her sweet little peachicks.

We were a teensy bit bummed that the Dolphin Show was cancelled–but we’ll be at Sea World soon (maybe even while you’re reading this post!), so we’ll get over it.

Oooh–last cool thing. We met up with the Zoo Librarian. I know. COOLEST JOB EVER. She told us to come into the gift shop and push through a “secret door” in the back, and we’d be in the library. A secret door! I know! It just looked like a wall of t-shirts on display, but no! It was a door! Very Chronicles of Narnia.

Great day at the Brookfield Zoo! But we weren’t done! We hopped into the van, all sweaty and nasty and headed into the city for MORE ZOO!

8 thoughts on “the brookfield zoo

  1. Nixie

    Myyyyy Boo tee ain’t getting any smaller – maybe I should lay off the chocolate! Yay for almost being done! Love your pics – awesome!

  2. Kaye

    Great pictures and thankful you are winding down your gazillion mile trip! I apologize for being MIA lately and sorry I missed your call when you were in Texas:) So sweet of the girls to think of me.
    Blessings to all of you as you finish this world-wind trip.
    Have a wonderfully blessed day and weekend,
    Matthew 21:22

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