Monday, May 04, 2009

Where I was today...

Here's a clue, not too tough to figure this one out. We (my daughter, granddaughter & a couple of her friends) went to the Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek, MI. With three little girls along, so it was lots of fun. It's not a really large zoo, so it's easy to get though it in one day. That was a good thing because we did a lot over the weekend and I was already worn out before the day started!

I hadn't been there for a few years, so there were some animals there that I hadn't seen yet. I really liked the red panda, I wish I could have gotten his pretty ringed tail in the picture, but he didn't want to cooperate. At least he was out & about, the snow leopard didn't want to show his face, and the cheetahs were too far away to get any pictures of them.

The giraffes, on the other hand, got very close, the kids bought some crackers to feed them, so they were right in their faces. They have some huge, slimy tongues! It kind of freaked the kids out, they were probably wondering if they were going to be eaten, too. My daughter has some great pics of the giraffes (and other things), she's got a really good camera, so she's got some better pictures of the day.

I really like the giraffes, their coat is so interesting visually, but I really like their goofy faces. They look so odd up close. Zebras are pretty awesome, too, how can you beat those stripes everywhere, even on their mane? And no two exactly the same.

I'm kind of torn when it comes to zoos. It's great to be able to see & learn about the animals, especially for kids. Some animals seem perfectly content to be there. The zebras & giraffes were in a huge area with many acres to roam, but the snow leopard & cheetah were in much smaller enclosures. If they can't make a habitat that the animal can actually be content in, I would much rather never see them than to think of them living their lives caged up. Especially for an animal like the cheetah, they're the fastest running land animal, but they don't have room to run.

I'm guessing that the reason for the smaller enclosures is because you'd never see certain animals otherwise, so it wouldn't do the zoo any good to have them.

I don't really know much about the workings of zoos though, I don't know how they acquire their animals or what kind of situations they're removing them from so I guess I'll give them a break until I educate myself about it.

The weather was great again today, maybe tomorrow I'll get to hang some more quilts out on the line.....


Blogger Taiya said...

Hey. I'll post some photos tomorrow. I am too tired to do the whole uploading photos thing tonight...

5:59 PM  
Blogger Allie said...

I've never been to this zoo, or even heard of it! We've always had season tickets to the Detroit Zoo, which has become truly amazing. I'm with you about the critters being cooped up though - while I love seeing them, I hate to see them in such small exhibits. Did you know zebras also have striped skin? True.

I can't go to the circus if they have animals either - I do hate seeing elephants do tricks. Makes me wanna cry.

7:37 PM  
Blogger West Michigan Quilter said...

Sue, glad to meet a fellow Michigander. Don't you just love that zoo. I try to take my kids and grandkids at least once a year. Great pictures.

9:51 AM  
Blogger Taiya said...

I finally put some zoo photos up.

5:59 AM  
Blogger Jeanne said...

Sounds like a great day! The Binder Park Zoo is one of my favorites, although I haven't been there is some time.

5:51 PM  
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