Last night the Fresno Chaffee Zoo had a special celebration for season pass holders...Zoobilation! Yes, it was A BILLION degrees outside...and yes, I had thrown away our invitation that gave all of the details (I am kind of famous for throwing things aways before I should...oops)...but I was pretty sure I had remembered reading that they were going to be having a "Behind the Scenes" experience with the elephants. So you know what that meant...no matter what the temperature...we were going! :) I was really hoping that once we got there my memory was correct...and it was...duh! :)
First thing we did when we got to the zoo was head to the elephants...nothing new or different there! We kind of zoomed past the exhibit...which Landry was not so happy about...and made our way to the entrance of the elephant barn. Just so you know...that is a zoological term...they really call it the barn. We got to go inside and see where they prep their food, their beds, and even better...
the elephants up close and personal! Landry wasn't quite so sure about it at first. I don't blame him. The barn is a bit intimidating since it is all cement floors, thick cement walls, and even thicker cement doors. Plus it was kind of dark...especially with sunglasses on...but he wasn't about to part with those. :)
We were literally about 10 feet away from the elephants! It was so cool...I think I might have been a bit more excited than Landry. :)
He got to feed them carrots again...which of course was a hit. He didn't say much because I think he was in such awe of the fact that he was so close to the elephants.
After that we had to go and visit Landry's second favorite...the alligator.
The alligator did actually lift one foot up...almost like a wave...and Landry became concerned with the fact that the alligator was going to try and eat him.
It was pretty hot...that's an understatement...and we were hungry...so we decided to head to the snack bar before one of us decided to feed the other to one of the animals. :) Along the way we passed by these guys...
and Chad spotted...the little guy in the bottom of the picture...
a baby Colobus monkey! He was sooooo adorable...
and quite active...which made it hard to get a good picture of him. :)
Of course Chad decided that he wants one...sorry, Babe...don't think that's going to happen. :)
He really was so adorable!
We made our way to the snack bar...and I have to tell you...our child kills me. Before I have even read the choices to him, he turns to me and says, "I want fruit and apple juice!" Seriously. We are at the zoo snack bar...you see children with ice cream, pizza, icees, popcorn, etc...and you are "demanding" fruit? So what are you gonna do? Get him some fruit!
Did I mention it was hot? We found a "cool" spot under the misters. We had one wet and sweaty munchkin on our hands...he was VERY concerned that his hair was wet, his mohawk was messed up, and he wanted to know how he was going to dry his hair...silly boy!
The zookeepers had a couple of their "birds of prey" out for people to visit with. Chad loves birds...all animals really...me...NOT a bird fan...at all. I think Landry might have the same feeling as me. He was all smiles, then right before I snapped the picture, the owl turned his head toward him and then he wasn't quite sure.
Landry loves to watch the flamingos...even though they are "tinky."
Here he is, showing us how they stand on one foot...which if you notice...there aren't any standing with one foot...he of course wanted to know why. :)
I finally got him to sit in the hippos mouth again! Of course he was concerned that it was going to eat him...so we had to explain all of the reasons why the hippo would not eat him.
I haven't been able to get a picture of him in the hippo since his first trip to the zoo...
When did he become a little boy? Or in his words...a BIG boy!
Next up, the giraffes.
They were doing free feedings as part of the celebration. Chad got to help Landry out this time. Landry was concerned that the giraffes were going to eat his hair. Ha! Have you noticed a pattern...he was very concerned that the animals were going to want to eat him. I'm not sure where he learned that or why this was a new thing...but it was kind of funny.
Of course...they just ate the lettuce..no Landry hair! :)
It isn't a trip to the zoo without a "I want to push the trower!" melt-down...and it didn't make it any better that I took his picture...he was definitely NOT a fan of that.
It was a very hot and sweaty night...but it was a lot of fun! Apparently Landry didn't mind the heat because he started to cry when we got in the car to go home...at 8:00 at night...and said he wanted go back...NOW! :)