Winter at the zoo

The baby primates are growing up quickly, out playing on their own.

I caught the youngest elephants playing a while before they noticed someone else was watching them. It was great to see them running around, playing together.

A lazy one.

A hooded merganser couple swimming close to the glass in the manatee exhibit. It’s rare to see them this close.

It’s nice to go the the zoo when the weather is cool. The animals are active and I don’t feel like I’m going to pass out.

Christmas lights at the zoo

Same tree, different colors.

Just a small sampling of the lights and entertainment at Zoo Tampa during their “Christmas In the Wild” nights.

You could still see a lot of the animals in their homes. A few of the nocturnal animals that you rarely see moving during the day were also moving around.

The trees over the alligator exhibit were full of ibis, snowy egrets and great egrets sleeping. There were 100’s of them. It was pretty crazy to see them in the dark.

Afterward we stopped at our local Chik Fil A to get milkshakes, even though it was cold outside (Florida cold means it was 50 degrees).

Linking to Wednesday Around The World.

Hot day at the zoo

The one-eyed key deer that was rescued has a new home. Lots of room to roam around.

Only in the reptile area can you get this up close to a snake. Most of Florida’s snakes are non-venomous. They are good at keeping rodents at bay and a few are protected by law. Black racers seem to be the most common and we occasionally get one in our yard. Since many of our neighbors have fruit trees, the racers keep the fruit rats from over populating without having to use rat poisoning. I always keep my distance though.

These guys have taken over for the summer. The bushes are full of them and they will eat your plants and flowers down to the nubs.

It’s always fun to spend a few minutes watching the baby primates. That gibbon doesn’t seem to like the bugs. The baby colobus monkey in the bottom shot has lost all of his gray fuzz and now looks like a smaller version of the parents.

The new splash ride is now open and boy did that look tempting the morning I was there. Next time I’ll bring Brett so he can hold my stuff while I get soaked. Not sure who was having more fun, the people riding the ride or the people standing on the splash deck.

Faces only a Mother could love

The orangutan babies are very popular with the kids at Zoo Tampa.

It’s rare to see the babies near Dad but this one was hanging out with him.

More shots of the baby Colobus monkey. He was all white fuzz a few weeks earlier.

The gibbon baby was also a hit. It was tough getting shots of the baby against the parent and into the sun so these are a little blown out.

Linking to Wednesday Around the World.

Zoo baby explosion

Zooming in on the marabou stork babies at Zoo Tampa (formerly Lowry Park Zoo). They are born looking like old birds. Reminds me of the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button where Benjamin ages in reverse and is born an old person and then turns young. Only these birds look old their entire lives.

A new baby out in the African exhibit staying close to Mom.

The fuzzy white thing is a  baby Colobus monkey. So cute and easy to spot. The keeper said that the entire group helps raise the baby so the baby was comfortable moving around with all of them.

A wild baby tricolored heron waiting for Mom to feed it.

Little blue herons that were born weeks earlier over the alligator exhibit.

Wild baby mallards playing in one of the exhibits.

And just for fun, a turtle train.

So many babies born this early spring at Zoo Tampa. It’s fun to watch the kids get excited seeing all of the baby animals.

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