A day at the zoo…

I woke up around 10:00 this morning (It was nice to sleep in) at my sister-in-law’s house with plans to visit the St. Louis Zoo. Elisa’s sister, Angie, and her daughter went with us to see what the zoo had in store for the day. This was not the first time for any of us to see the zoo as we all grew up relatively close to the area and come here often. This is the first time that we had been there since they upgraded the polar bear exhibit, however, and we were excited to see the changes.

For those of you who have never been to the zoo in St. Louis, I will get you up to speed. Zagat Survey’s US Family Travel Guide has it rated as the #1 zoo in America. It houses more than 14,800 exotic animal species. Many of these species are rare and even endangered. Among these species are: the asian elephant, horned guan, Amur tiger, Matschie’s tree kangaroo, okapi, Sichuan takin, babirusa, tuatara, Speke’s gazelle, Coquerel’s sifaka, golden lion tamarin, Amur leopard, Marianas fruit dove, white-headed duck, hooded crane and a chinese alligator

One of the things that I appreciate the most about this zoo is the free admission. You have to pay for parking and some of the exhibits inside (children’s zoo & Stingray Bay) as well as the carousel but most of the zoo is available at no price.

The Polar Bear Point was not the only new part of the zoo. Earlier this year, they added a Tasmanian Devil display as well. The man who was working at the display said that there were only six such displays in America currently.

There did seem to be a lot of empty cages and displays today which made me wonder, “Where are all of the animals?” Sydney was pretty let down that there were no lions and tigers to see. But, there were still plenty of animals on display to keep our attention for the five hours that we were there.

Some of the highlights of the day: Penguin & Puffin Coast (Caleb), the McDonnell Polar Bear Point (Elisa), the Charles H. Hoessle Herpetarium (Sydney and me), spending time with the Strange family (Angie) & the butterfly house (Logan).

Anyways, here are the pictures from our day…..

We’re back at Kevin and Angie’s house now, settling in for the night. Tomorrow, we cross the Mississippi back into Illinois to continue along on our vacation. Next stop is Elisa’s sister Dawnita’s house. We will see you then.

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