I meant to post this a couple of weeks ago when we took a trip to the zoo. I have been so busy lately with all of the end of year functions and sporting events, and haven't been spending much time on the computer lately. Now, that the end of the school year is almost here and sporting events and cub scouts and all the other activities that fill our life during the school year are coming to a close, I hope to be able to blog a bit more.
Last Friday(actually a couple of weeks ago) was a beautiful day here in the Pacific Northwest, it was the perfect day for a visit to The Woodland Park Zoo. The Woodland Park Zoo is one of the most beautiful zoos I have ever visited, and I don't say that just because it's our home town zoo. I really mean it! We have been members of this amazing place for about 8 years now and it has provided our family with countless hours of fun and enjoyment!
A little history of the Woodland Park Zoo. The Zoo sits on 92 acres, less than 6 miles north of downtown Seattle, and includes a beautiful 2.5 acre rose garden. After the city of Seattle bought the property in 1899 from the estate of a wealthy sawmill owner, they hired the Olmsted Brothers of Massachusetts to design the park. The Olmsted Brothers were famous for designing Central Park in New York City. Since then the Zoo has gone through many renovations and innovations. The Woodland Park Zoo has been a front runner in natural habitat exhibits. In 1976 it became the first zoo to exhibit gorillas in a natural setting. They have won many awards for several of their exhibits and it is definitely a jewel in the crown of the Emerald City!
Hurry up let's go!!!
Peek-a-Boo! Are ya commin or what?
The beautiful iron fence to the rose garden with roses waiting to bloom. I will have to share pictures when the garden is in full bloom. It is a sight to behold. The rose garden is one of only 24 American Rose test gardens in the US. Growing conditions are prime due to our mild climate here in the Pacific Northwest.
African village huts.
At certain times of the day you can feed the giraffes with the giraffe keeper.
One of Jake's favorite exhibits, The Island of Komodo dragon!
My favorite thing about the zoo is the way they have laid out the different biome zones. It truly feels like you are in a different part of the world when you enter these areas. The flora and fauna are amazing!
The rain forest. It's just like being lost in the Amazon!
I love this fence in the family farm area. It looks so quaint!
The barns at the family farm.
Shake your tail feather! Aren't these gorgeous tail feathers?!?
I could watch these guys all day long!
Thank you for coming along with us on our visit to the zoo! I hope you are able to make it out to your local zoo this summer and have a real "wild" time.;-)