Zoo Day

Yesterday afternoon I decided to take advantage of my first long weekend by taking a trip to the Assiniboine Park Zoo.  When I first booked my vacation days as long weekends, I was planning on spending my first one working in the yard and maybe digging in my flowerbed, but mother nature had other plans and my yard isn’t ready to have anything done to it yet.  Another thought was to make a trip out to Lockport to see if the pelicans are back so I could get pictures of them, like I did a couple of years ago, but I haven’t seen any sign of them being back yet.

When my computer crashed around Christmas that year, I lost all the full size pictures of that trip, since I hadn’t been smart enough to back up my pictures onto a disc, but I do still have the pictures that I posted here and on facebook.  But I heard there were baby monkeys at the zoo, so I decided to take my first trip there this year.

I decided I wasn’t going to take any gopher pictures this year no matter how cute they were, and even though one was really, really cute, I did not take a picture of him sprawled out in a puddle of water.  I did get some goose pictures and they were all over the place, establishing their territories.

Gibbon Monkey with her baby
Gibbon Monkey with her baby
closer look at the baby
closer look at the baby

According to the zookeeper in the monkey area, this little girl was born in January and is much braver than her older brother was last year.  Now, she is moving away from mom.

Baby Gibbon Monkey
Baby Gibbon Monkey
Macque and her baby (harder to see baby)
Macaque and her baby (harder to see baby)

The Macaque baby is only about 4 weeks old, I believe.

That is all the babies so far this year, but on my next trip hopefully there will be more to see.  🙂

Of course, I can’t go by the big cats without taking pictures.

Leopard
Leopard
Tiger
Tiger
Asian Lion
Asian Lion

Look how this big boy has matured since my last trip to the zoo – wow!

Asian Lion
Asian Lion

Last year I didn’t get to see the lioness, but this year she was outside sleeping near him.  At least she opened her eyes for me.

Asian Lion
Asian Lion
Cougar
Cougar
Artic Foxes
Artic Foxes

This is the first time I’ve seen these foxes in their winter coats.  They look much different in the summer.

White Buffalo
White Buffalo

I am guessing that this is one of last year’s babies (or was it the year before – LOL), but it might be Blizzard.  I’ll have to check with my zookeeper contact Kristen.

Canada Geese Defending their Snowbank
Canada Geese Defending their Snowbank

I took more pictures (of course) and you can see them on my Facebook album here.