Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A Day At The Zoo

I took the girls to St. Louis today.
We went to the zoo. 
We try to drive to this zoo a few times a year. 
It's closer for us than Chicago zoos. 
They have a new polar bear and a new exhibit space for him. 
He's from Alaska and is little over two years of age.  
They have named him Kali. 
Here's his bio from the zoo's website...

The first occupant of this exhibit is Kali (pronounced "Cully”), a 2 ½ year-old, 850-pound male polar bear that was orphaned in Alaska. In March 2013, the orphaned bear was turned over to U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) by an Alaska Native hunter who killed Kali’s mother in a subsistence hunt without realizing the mother had a cub. USFWS determined that St. Louis would be the bear’s permanent home, working with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Polar Bear Species Survival Plan (SSP)

He seemed to love chomping on his ice. 
While I love zoos, I also feel a bit sad that some of these animals never see the wild. 
But, most have been born into captivity and know nothing else. 
As climate change is hurting the polar bear population, this new home should be a safe and secure place for this young polar bear. 
I hope he is the start of a great legacy. 

We also saw some happy chimps. 
They kissed. 
Just a peck. 

The girls conversed with a bird. 
I think it's a cormorant. 

And I saw a scene straight out of a Serengeti stock film. 

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