We had planned to visit the Miami zoo during our stay since it is listed as one of the top ten in the country.
But the torrential rains and flooding had prevented that. The weatherman said they had not seen this kind of flooding since Hurricane Wilma.
The zoo was closed for about a week before they could reopen it for business and since I woke up too late that day to make the one hour drive into Miami Beach for pickleball, we decided to make this our "zoo day". Unfortunately there were several school groups that were quite noisy and you can see what this guy thought of them by his appropriate hand gesture.
It really is laid out quite nicely and after a while we wished we had rented one of the safari surrey bicycles to get around on. But the walking was good for us and there were lots of benches and shade.
I won't bore you with all the photos of zoo animals seen that day, but I have to share my favorite one...of the African Wild Ass. Left Brain wondered why I kept moving him to one side as I looked for just the right angle...but now he'll understand.
The African painted dog was very beautiful. They hunt in packs of up to 60 and I don't think I'd want to see them out in the wild.
I can never resist the big cats...or little ones for that matter. This pair of lions reminded me of an old married couple with the wife yammering on and the old guy looking totally bored. Not that it's like that in our house...no sir.
I forget what these guys were, but they were so sweet, and with the prettiest feet I've ever seen.
As the day wore on I was beginning to envy the gorilla laying in the shade...it was looking like a good idea to me.
These are the Galapagos tortoises.
As we were exiting we spotted this big cat sleeping in what was appropriately called the Tiger Temple. He has the nicest digs in the zoo.
Sometimes visiting zoos bother me, but the open concept and large spaces provided here were very nice. The animals all appeared to be very healthy and well cared for. The best part of the zoo (to me) is the preservation of animals that are rare and in danger of extinction.
Long Live the Queen of the Zoo