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Thursday, 15 November, 2007 0:15 AM

At The Detroit Zoo On A Nice November Day

PHOTO BY MIKE WRATHELL / ©AMERICAJR.com

Look at the paws on this tiger!

by Mike Wrathell
mwrathell@yahoo.com

 

 

Last Saturday, I went with a friend to The Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak and Huntington Woods. It was partly cloudy and cool, but such days are perfect to see many of the animals who don't like hot days and big crowds. Having worked at the Zoo for over a year, I have a bit of inside knowledge and would like to share some of it with you. It was great to see one of the polar bears close up. I am not sure if it was Talini, the baby girl who is about three now, I think, and probably nearly fully grown. I would have asked a zookeeper, but none were around.

We also saw two white rhinoceri, the tigers, the lions, one griz, some giraffes, and a lot of flamingoes. We did not get to see Jacques, the lone hippo; it was a bit too chilly for him, but he was out earlier in the day for a stint.

Once we walked past the Reptile House, we entered Huntington Woods. So the bears don't live in Royal Oak, but the butterflies do....

The Zoo is still only 11 bucks for adults and supporting the animals there is a good thing. They need to be fed every day and it is open all year round. The zoo was not too crowded and all the exhibits were open and all the animals were around and happy. We saw a tiger trying to catch a sparrow, but the sparrow was too quick for his or her paw swat.

The snow monkey babies were frolicking happily while the adults picked ticks off of each other. We saw some newly hatched butterflies, too, in the Butterfly House, which also doubles as a place you can rent at night for parties and wedding receptions.

The penguins were fun to see, too. Think of all the millions of money made by those recent silly penguin movies: has your kid ever seen a real penguin? If the Detroit Zoo closes down because of Metro Detroit's lack of support combined with Detroit's mismanagement of its assets, your grandchildren might never see any, and with global warming, and the elimination of habitat of many species, zoos are more important than ever.

There is a species of toad found only in Wyoming that went extinct, but for those in zoos, including the Detroit Zoo. It was reintroduced to the wilds of Wyoming and it is doing fine for now again.

So please consider a trip to the Zoo. If you want to support a cool local business while you are there, go to Monty's Grill just north of Catalpa on Woodward for a burger or breakfast. They are open until 3 p.m. and it is the coolest diner in Metro Detroit. We went there before and after our visit to the zoological park.

And don't forget the Toledo Zoo! They have some cool animals, too! It is more fun and less expensive than throwing your paycheck into a slot machine! Not to mention a good workout and something for the whole family!

PHOTO BY MIKE WRATHELL / ©AMERICAJR.com

This Siamese Crocodile smiles so smashingly!

 

PHOTO BY MIKE WRATHELL / ©AMERICAJR.com

This svelte green snake has a face made for Hollywood, so handsome and filled with personality!

 

PHOTO BY MIKE WRATHELL / ©AMERICAJR.com

This polar bear made the day of every zoo-goer!

 

PHOTO BY MIKE WRATHELL / ©AMERICAJR.com

This giraffe poses in front of a wall mural with Ancient Egyptians.

 

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