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One Day…Two Hikes. #2

8 Jun

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The evening is the best time to visit the zoo, because the animals are not hiding away from the heat of the midday sun. Many of them are having dinner like this cute but elegant elephant. I hiked around our wonderful free zoo for an hour and a half this evening. Many people were out on a Friday to hear a free concert presented by the lake. I wanted to take photos and I did.  My only regret was that I left my zoom lens at home. I fell in love with this beautiful creature. I got lucky with other animals as well. The St. Louis Zoo has had a big makeover and the presentation of the animals in natural habitats is wonderful to see.

A seal showing off for the crowd.

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Orangutans at dinner.

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A young gorilla, or maybe it’s a chimpanzee.

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A snowy egret.

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I don’t know the name of this animal, but I fortunately caught a mother and baby moment.

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Two species observing each other.

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The Bactrian camel.

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King of the Forest.

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Prairie dogs are adorable.

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So are the penguins.

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The St. Louis Zoo has a railroad which transports visitors to all sections of the park.

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The black rhino. (There are two animals in this photo. Can you find the other one?)

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Hippos going for a swim.

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If you are ever in St. Louis, make sure to visit the world famous (free) St. Louis Zoo.

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23 Responses to “One Day…Two Hikes. #2”

  1. hitandrun1964 June 8, 2013 at 11:03 am #

    Wonderful pictures.

    • Rosemarie June 8, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

      Thank you. I had great fun taking them.

      Sent from AOL Mobile Mail

  2. lensandpensbysally June 8, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

    Seems like you are doing a good job of preparing for your adventure.

    • Rosemarie June 8, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

      I’m investing a lot in it so, hopefully, I will reap rewards.

  3. Heyjude June 8, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

    Zoos are like Marmite. I love seeing different species and admire the conservation work many of them do, but cringe at the conditions some of them are kept in. This does appear to be very well kept though and interesting that it is free – who supports it then?

    Thought your mother and baby photo might be kudu – similar stripes, but only the males have horns and not straight ones, so can’t be that. You do seem to be enjoying your preparation 🙂
    Jude xx

    • Rosemarie June 8, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

      The zoo is public, but it has many corporate donors. The animals have always been well cared for. I had not been there in a while and was shocked to see how the overall layout of the park has been Disney-fied. Concrete made to look like native rock?? It is not successful. If it were not for the live animals, I would feel like I was in Adventureland. For display in some areas they even put fake animals up in the trees. Please….We pay taxes to support the zoo, botanical garden, art museum, and science center. In the park there are many kiosks selling everything, restaurants, small snack bars, and if you park in the parking lot, it will cost you $15.

  4. Heyjude June 8, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

    Ha! Just remembered the antelope species with the stripes and straight horns – Bongo! How can anyone forget that name 🙂

  5. Linda Arthur Tejera June 8, 2013 at 2:06 pm #

    Love the animal pictures. Wow, a free zoo? That’s amazing. And the animals appear very well cared for.

    • Rosemarie June 8, 2013 at 2:22 pm #

      Getting into the zoo is free. Any special exhibits or shows require an entrance fee. If you use the zoo parking lot, it costs $15. Many people bring their kids. Riding the train or the giant carousel costs money. The parents better be prepared to pay, or they will have some unhappy children to deal with.

  6. mindlovemisery June 8, 2013 at 3:31 pm #

    Oh these pictures are wonderful Rosemarie I felt like I was at the zoo =)

    • Rosemarie June 8, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

      Thank you. I enjoyed taking them.

  7. Woolly Muses June 10, 2013 at 11:00 am #

    Great photos. The black rhino picture is great…..my guess is that it would be only a fleeting moment before the second animal was gone.

  8. frizztext June 10, 2013 at 12:37 pm #

    hi Rosemarie,
    I’ve heard from the
    St. Louis Blues and the
    St. Louis flood, now
    you made my day introducing the
    St. Louis Zoo!

    • Rosemarie June 10, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

      Since I bought the new camera I’ve been a tourist in my own hometown running around and taking photos.

  9. Madelaine June 10, 2013 at 11:56 pm #

    Wonderful pictures and it looks like a fabulous zoo.

  10. bebs1 June 14, 2013 at 10:41 am #

    My cousins moved in Waterloo which I heard is close to St. Louis. Maybe I will get a chance to see the zoo at night.

    • Rosemarie June 14, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

      Yes, Waterloo is definitely in the vicinity across the Mississippi.

  11. Rosemarie June 12, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

    I visited your page and saw your wonderful photos of the lioness. You were very kind to give me a mention.

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