It’s probably been three years since I’ve visited the Denver Zoo. COVID was a large reason for my absence. But the truth is, my grands are all getting to the age that they aren’t quite as interested in the zoo.
Still, I love me a zoo, which is why I continue to buy a membership in both the Denver and the Phoenix Zoos. Both of these zoos, by the way, are continually named in the top 10 zoos in the United States. Yay, us.
Yesterday morning, when Bec came downstairs, I said, “Hey! Let’s go to the zoo. I hear it’s all happening at the zoo!:
Well, I didn’t say that last part, but don’t deny it. All Baby Boomers are thinking about Simon and Garfunkle right now.
So despite it being one of the hottest days of the summer, we hopped in the car and went to the Denver Zoo. Man, has it ever changed since I last visited. I suspect that they spent all of 2020 working on projects they couldn’t get around to in the past because of all of the visitors. It is really nice, and getting nicer all they time.
Though it was hot, we were lucky enough to be able to see quite a few animals.
We saw the mountain sheep and goats, we saw the rino and the hippo, we saw the flamingos…..
We saw beautiful flowers…..
And we saw the King of Beasts, posing like he owned the zoo…..
We saw many others as well. And we heard the best zoo story I believe I have ever heard before from a docent who worked in the primate area. We saw that there were four orangutans, one of which was quite small. At one point, the small one ran to the largest one, the one I figured was mommy orangutan, and received a kiss on the lips from her parent. According to the docent, the three smaller were all female siblings. Mother Orangutan had died suddenly. The zoo folks weren’t sure what would happen to the kiddies, because orangutans children stay with their mommy for up to eight years.
“But,” the docent said with a sparkle in his eye, “the papa stepped up and has taken the place of the mama perfectly well.” I looked over at the daddy cuddling the small animal and agreed wholeheartedly.
It was a wonderful day at the zoo.