Oh my, I’ve been gone for a while. My nieces are in town from CT and I’ve been so wrapped up in their visit (and preparing for it prior) that I’ve been preoccupied. I was SO excited to have them up and it’s been a great week. They’re heading home tomorrow (boo) and I have lots of photos to share from our adventures, but wanted to start with photos from the zoo.
I’ve been in Colorado for the past 7 years and haven’t been to the Denver Zoo. It’s a highly regarded landmark here but I had never been because it’s a good hour away, but mostly, I have always felt a little guilty visiting zoos in the past.
I worry about the state of the animals, being cooped up, out of their elements. But my oldest niece, a veterinary science student, really wanted to check it out (and I admit, I was very curious as well).
The zoo was fantastic, the grounds gorgeous, the displays beautiful and I really enjoyed reading different placards about the various animals rescued from peril. In many regards the zoo was helping these animals live and it helped to alleviate previous guilt I had.
It was a scorching hot day and there was TONS of walking to be had, but it was so worth it.
My niece LOVES big cats; as a little girl, she decorated her room with photos of lions, cheetahs and tigers. We spent a good amount of time visiting with the big cats today and even circled back a second time before leaving the zoo.
I was in awe of the beautiful flamingos and the gorgeous colors and textures of their feathers…clearly, by the amount of photos I took!
I was most excited to see the elephants; I have such a soft spot for them, I have lots of elephant art decorating our house and I think they are one of the most majestic, beautiful animals out there.
So many different exhibits and beautiful animals…
I also LOVE donkeys and took great joy visiting with these “wild asses”
And who doesn’t love monkeys?
Even had some flowers to capture. Was thankful to have a telephoto zoom lens on this day (a lens I don’t often use).
It was a great day and a great end to our wonderful week. If ever you get a chance to visit the Denver Zoo, I highly recommend it!