But before we get to that, let me show you a few photos from a little behind the scene VIP tour I got on Friday, thanks to Brian Jorg.
|Easily a character from Dr. Seuss' imagination!|
I forgot to write down what this is! Goodness it must be some sort of monkey, perhaps the "Handlebar Moustache Monkey." I think his photo belongs here.
Butterfly house? Why yes, please. I would love to see a hundred Passion Flower Butterflies, Heliconius melpomene.
Mexican Wolf has been extirpated from its range in Arizona and New Mexico. Unfortunately, some folks in those states don't want him back. What not to like about this incredible canine?
The architecture at the elephant house was a delight to behold. Certainly you have seen Asian Elephants before, but the detailing of the building, the beautiful plants and fencing really captured my eye.
A real thinker. Perhaps this Low-land Gorilla has more going on in his brain than most of our elected politicians. Side view is the same guy close up. He was fascinating to study.
|Scott Beuerlein, Cincinnati Zoo staff|
Just so you are not confused, he is also deep in thought, but this is a different guy. Scott Beuerlein gave a fabulous program on Native Trees. He also made all the arrangements for the speakers and was a kind and gracious host.
|Steve Foltz and Brain Jorg|
|Passenger Pigeon, now extinct.|
Zoos have come a long way from the scary places of my youth, where caged animals paced and panted. If our visitations help to pay for all the good this dedicated group of people are working to produce, then let us visit, and learn. Thank you Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. It was an amazing weekend.