yesterday we ventured out to the wild animal park for a lovely afternoon of watching some amazing creatures, being surrounded by beautiful views, & learning lots of fun little facts about the animals.
this park is so pretty! i was so impressed with the "decor" of run down safari jeeps covered in forest growth, amazing trees, gorgeous ponds, & then the total opposite... grass, sagebrush, dirt, & rocks. the highlights of the day for me was feeding the ducks & seeing the gorillas. i read an article about this particular troop awhile ago & was fascinated by it. they talked about how the gorillas have "wierd" food habits similar to humans. for example, one of them will peel radishes before eating them & they all take the tops off strawberries before eating them. one of the females has just given birth in june so the article talked alot about the new baby & how the troop deals with a new addition. it was cool to see them after learning so much about them & seeing the adorable little baby was fun. we also happened to be there at snack time, so we saw them all chowing down on carrots & broccoli.
(the first picture is one of the females waiting for the snacks to be thrown down, the second one is of the male walking around with a big carrot in his mouth & the the last picture is the mama & baby... if you look real close you can see the baby eating a carrot.)
we also got see 2 lions doing the deed... not a highlight, but pretty funny. we were waiting in this huge line to go out on a safari tour & the lions came within view so everyone was getting all excited. lots of "ooohs" & "aaahs" & "look at the lions!" followed by a wierd silence & some slight awkwardness once everyone figured out what they were up to.
it is such a giant park, we only were able to see maybe half of it. ran & i are pretty excited to go back a few more times before our memberships expire.