Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winter

I haven’t been to the Assiniboine Park Zoo for awhile and I’ve hardly ever been there in the winter.  I know it is officially spring, but with 3 feet of snow still on the ground, its still winter as far as I am concerned.

I’m not sure if I have even been there since my trip to South Africa last year.  After seeing the animals living free there, it is hard to see them caged.  Most of the herbivores have quite a bit of space to roam, but the cats in particular have such small enclosures that it makes me sad to see them.  I haven’t seen anything indicating that there are any plans to improve their spaces either.

The Journey to Churchill exhibit is moving along, but still obviously has a long way to go before it is finished.  The zoo recently acquired a Polar Bear and going to see Hudson was one of the reasons I went yesterday.  He was out for a few minutes while I was there, but his enclosure is one that makes it almost impossible to get a picture of him.  There are 2 chain link fences between where we stand and where he is.  It is hard to get pictures through one chain link fence, but almost impossible to snap through 2.  At one point, there is a plexiglass viewpoint, but it is a few feet away from the 2nd fence and zooming through the chain links from 6 feet away in the hope that he might put his face where it could be focused on was impossible in the short time I was able to see him.  I’m pretty sure this is temporary for Hudson, but I’m afraid that this is the way it is going to be when the black bears come back again.

The highlight of the day was actually watching the Pronghorn Antelope racing around their enclosure.  Normally they hardly move in the summer.

Hard to see where one stops and the other begins
Hard to see where one stops and the other begins
They finally separated for me
They finally separated for me
Tiger
Tiger
Tiger
Tiger
Asian Lion
Asian Lion
Asian Lion
Asian Lion
Asian Lion
Asian Lion
Asian Lion
Asian Lion
Mongolian Horse
Mongolian Horse
Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle
Meercats
Meercats
Lynx or BobCat
Lynx or BobCat
Flamingo
Flamingo
Pronghorn Antelope
Pronghorn Antelope
Pronghorn Antelope
Pronghorn Antelope
Pronghorn Antelope
Pronghorn Antelope
Pronghorn Antelope
Pronghorn Antelope

The sun is shining and there are hopes that the snow might do some melting soon.  Flooding is certainly possible along the Red River with all the snow that came down this winter – so we will have to wait and see how things go this spring.

Meanwhile in Africa, summer is coming to an end and the days are getting shorter. See it all on Africam.