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Back to the zoo

August 20, 2013 - Linda Lobeck
It’s been awhile, probably about 12 years, since I have gone to the zoo with my kids. And although everyone’s a lot older now, we spent Saturday there taking in the new animals. It was a good time to recall the fun we had as a family there on our before school trips to Green Bay.

The big difference with this visit was that we got to share it with the next generation in our family – my granddaughter Madelyn. Although she’s only two years old, she seemed to really get into looking for where the animals were in each of their habitats. That was always a game we played with our kids to see who could find the animal first – whether they were lying in a grassy area or in a log.

One of the exciting things during this visit was that we arrived just in time to feed the giraffes – a new exhibit added to the zoo. I think I can speak for all of us – we were impressed with the size of the giraffes -- at 15 feet tall. Madelyn and her dad got to feed the giraffes some giraffe cookies and the giraffes, named Hodari and Zuri, came right over to them. I was also amazed at the size of the giraffe’s head – up close and personal.

My only other view of giraffes as well as many other animals has been on television programs and in movies as well as in pictures found in books and magazines.

There were also newer exhibits with a snow leopard that seemed particularly interested in staring at me like I’d make a nice lunch, as well as a white alligator and hippos. It was fun to see that Madelyn’s favorite animals, in addition to the giraffes, were the same ones that my sons had liked so many years ago. She got excited to see the otters swimming and playing in the water, the penguins swimming and walking around, the lions, and the red panda.

We are so lucky we have a couple of zoos in close proximity to where we live so kids of all ages can enjoy and see so many different animals up close. Hopefully this is just the beginning of our trips back to the zoo.


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