A couple weeks ago I enjoyed a few days off with the family in celebration of spring break. My wife is a school teacher so spring break is always a big deal around my house. One of the days was spent at the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk, VA. I always looked forward to going to the zoo when I was a kid, and now that I'm grown nothing has changed in that regard.
The Virginia Zoo is home to 350 animals, on 50 plus acres of beautifully landscaped grounds that borders the Lafayette River. Here are a few of the animals that we saw...
A new addition to the zoo was this red panda. Red pandas live in bamboo forests of Sichuan and Yunnan Provinces in China, the Himalayas and in Myanmar. Red pandas are endangered, with fewer than 2,500 adult red pandas in the wild.
The giraffes were our favorite animals at the zoo. There were three of them there. Giraffes are the tallest land mammals.
Here is one of three African elephants at the zoo (South African Bush Elephant). Elephants are the world’s largest living land mammals.
Here we have a cool looking little Meerkat.
A sleeping African lion...
I'm not sure what kind of monkeys these are, but aren't they cute? At first I thought they were little stuffed animals until they moved. They were about the size of a kitten.
These little Squirrel Monkeys were fun to watch. They very seldom sat still. It was like they were putting on a show for us.
This is a very cool looking bird called the 'Grey Crowned Crane'. They are native to Africa.
A nearby Canada goose (not part of the exhibit) was setting on her eggs near the pond. We saw a couple nest in the park.
I hope you enjoyed this brief zoo tour. For more critters check out the Camera Critters website over at http://camera-critters.blogspot.com/.
...and if your interested, the zoo has several web cams set up throughout the park so you can watch many of the animals online. Here is the site: http://www.virginiazoo.org/our-animals/animal-cams.asp
Have a great weekend everyone!