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There was so much beauty at the Toledo zoo I could barely contain myself! I had to fight the urge to run from one exhibit from the next, because we were some of the only people in the entire zoo right when it opened.
After visiting the primates, we headed to the aviary where we found a plethora of luxurious plumage, rainbow beaks, and musical sounds!
There were lots of bright colors to be seen!
This little one hung upside down like a bat!
This one had maize and blue plumage, making me think he belonged in MI, not OH hehe
A friendly squabble
Hedwig, is that you?
I love the hexagons on this bird’s legs!
I’ve never been afraid of reptiles, in fact, I really like them! Their textured scales and unexpected movements make them some of my favorite creatures.
This long, thing snake is called a vine snake! He blended right into the vines in his enclosure.
The low lighting in the Reptilia made it challenging to get good photographs, but this photo of a green snake’s scales is one of my favorites!
Rattlesnakes like the one above are not uncommon in Michigan, so be sure to wear boots when hiking!
Looks like a great place for a swim!
Oops, maybe not! That dark shadow is a massive crocodile!
The underside of a gecko is so interesting! The ripples, scales, and ridges on their underside increase the surface area of their body and allow them to cling to smooth surfaces, like glass!
A long way from home, this polar bear seemed comfortable in the middle of a Michigan winter.
My husband had to peel me away from photographing these tigers, they were absolutely mesmerizing!
While not part of an enclosure, this bunny had made its way into the Red Pandas’ home.
The entire time we were there, these red pandas didn’t stop running, climbing, and playing! I wanted to get a good shot of the cute face, but these fun action shots turned out quite well!
This snow leopard was magnificent! It never took its eyes off of us, watching us as we walked about.
It was very sad to see 4 adult giraffes in a cement room about the size of my kitchen, which is to say maybe 20×20′. I’m not sure how often they are housed here, or how long at a time, but they seemed very sad, lethargic, and it was a pitiful site in stark contrast to how well cared for the other animals at this zoo seemed. I do recognize that it is winter and these gorgeous creatures are not suited for colder weather, but I have to wonder why they were kept somewhere so small 🙁
If anyone ever asks me what my spirit animal is, I will tell them proudly that it is this hippo. It did not acknowledge our presence at all and was focused solely and uninterruptedly upon its massive meal of hay/grass.
Check out part one here https://anniewearsit.com/2016/12/28/toledo-zoo-part-i-orangutans-gorillas-monkeys-more/
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