Friday, October 22, 2010

Where can you see the Pandas?

...At the National Zoo in Washington DC!

I'm straying a bit from dogs and cats to share with you a few animals a bit more exotic. Last weekend we took a trip to the National Zoo. (I'm sorry to say Kelly was not invited.)

The zoo is pretty, clean and nicely landscaped. The habitats looked pretty decent, for the most part. Most were landscaped outdoor areas with trees, and things to do. Some had an inside house, with free access to the outside areas. These were, obviously, less natural in appearance, and also more difficult to view the animals. I think zoos today are more conscious than in years before to give the animals healthy conditions, and provide them with activities and stimulation.










The National Zoo is one of the few zoos in the US where you can see Pandas.














I liked the lions too. The mothers kept telling their kids "Look! It's Simba's mom and dad!"















One of the most interesting aspects of the zoo was the orangutan crossing. The orangutans climbed high towers and traversed on these ropes across to other towers, ending in a habitat across the park. Where pedestrian paths crossed underneath, you were warned you might be in a "splash zone," and we did get to witness this phenomenon first hand. I'll not soon forget the sound of orangutan droppings splattering on the pavement.











































Trust me, there's a head in this furry mass somewhere. And check out the toes!















If you get the chance, you really "otter" go visit the National Zoo. Admission is free (parking is $20).

9 comments:

Gloria said...

Looks like wonderful place to visit! Don't you just wish you could hug one of those beautiful Pandas?

Priscilla said...

It's so wonderful that your national zoo has pandas. Not many zoos have them as they need special care and their special species of bamboos, the maintenance is really high. Orangutans are cool too. What an interesting zoo you've.

jen said...

What great pictures of the zoo!
I don't think our zoo has pandas, so to see them in person would be pretty neat!

Brian said...

Such pretty critters one and all!

Benny and Lily said...

We just love those big stuffies especially those monkeys cause we make noises like them
Benny & Lily

Shawnelle said...

Very beautiful pictures, Peggy. I esp. loved the lions and pandas. We just love to visit the zoo.

George the Lad said...

Great photos, thanks for sharing
we saw some bamboo today at the arboretum, dad said at the time where are the pandas, I can tell him they are on your blog!!
See Yea George xxx

Alexis Grant said...

Great photos!

There's a refuge in western Cameroon of all sorts of monkeys. Not really a zoo, but served the purpose of letting me see lots of cool species!

Doxie Rod said...

hi peggy! thanks for stopping by to say hello! looks like you had an awesome day at the zoo, this is nice weather for it!

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