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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A Day at the Zoo

Back last year, I purchased a membership to a small zoo that provided reciprocal benefits to other zoos,which meant, basically, I could get into most of the zoos in my state for free, all year, unlimited visits. It was a great deal and well worth the money. Since I don't spend much money on school expenses aside from the occasional book or art supplies, I decided this was the best use of our resources. I mean, to be able to up and take a field trip to the zoo whenever and all we'd be out was our gas...a no brainer, right? Well, I bought the membership when gas here was between $4 and $5 a gallon, so I never got to use my membership because I couldn't afford the gas to get there.Then when gas went down, it was far too cold. Well yesterday was a beautiful spring day. Partly sunny, breezy, low 70's...very comfortable. So , since Jody's on spring break this week, we picked up my mother-in-law ( I really need to come up with another title for her cause we get along just fine and have a good time and I really am blessed to have her in my life.) and headed off to the zoo. It was a blast! It has been 7 years since I've been to a big zoo and not to this particular zoo since my childhood. I forgot how amazing and fun it is to be able to see some of God's most interesting creations at work (and play). When all was said and done, we were a tired, happy bunch devouring a picnic lunch in a parking lot. A super day with some super people! It would have cost us around 70.00 to go and I only paid $45 f0r my membership to that small zoo...what a deal! I asked the kids what their fave animal was and they had a hard time. Lillie liked the river otters (I did too) the best and Jackson liked the Mama Chimp carrying her little baby around and I'll have to say that was my favorite as well. Spoonbills that were bright pink...
Red Pandas...I love Red Pandas, they look like stuffed animals.
If you ever have any doubt that animals have should have seen this gorilla. My mother in law kept saying how sad he looked and he looked kind of shyly at her and then...stuck out his tongue at her! No joke! We all had a good laugh over that one. I love a gorilla's expressive.I joked with Jody that this gorilla reminded me of him...he took it well and chuckled. Seriously, this gorilla looked either bored senseless or like his lady love just broke his heart. He just rubbed his fingers along the log and was all sprawled was hilarious to watch him.
And here's some lounging we did on our own...

I wish I had gotten a better picture of the mother and baby chimp. It wrapped it's arms around it's momma waist and hung upside down while she carried it. And to say it was sweet and made a mom's heart flutter is an understatement. The daddy followed closely behind and the mom actually grabbed a baby quilt in her mouth and drug it over to a sunny spot, spread it out , and the whole family laid down together. It was neat.Was sorry I didn't get pictures of every animal we saw, there were so many. But we all had a blast and will be going back again in a month or so when there will be even more animals on exhibit!


  1. you know what? I was just thinking yesterday how it would be nice to go to the zoo you know since we talked about it and all! What fun! I haven't been to the zoo in years either and the kids haven't either. Andy and I took Em to one in Gulf shores when she was 18 months old but that is it! Ok I really have to go now for sure! What fun!

  2. It was and I had so many memories flood back from days gone by. I just loved watching the kids get so excited over something. Of all areas of science, zoology is my favorite! Animals are so kooky!

  3. I have been thinking about going to the zoo also. We went last year and it was sooo much fun, it brings back those childhood memories!
    How much was the membership at the smaller zoo?

  4. The yearly membership to the Chattanooga Zoo is only $45 and you get in free to both Knoxville and Grassmere, as well as Memphis , I think. We still had to pay for parking ($5) at the knoxville zoo, but we got in for free. WE couldn't go to the zoo one time for $45 dollars and it's well worth the money to be able to take the kiddos on impromptu field trips! You can buy a membership online at their website, just google Chattanooga Zoo!

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  6. Thanks for the info!!!! That is a great price.

  7. hi, my name is Ruth and I am from Ireland. I homw school my 10 yo son. I like your blog. The photos of the zoo look good. Ther is a Zoo fifty miles to the south in Dublin city and another one fifty miles to the north in Belfast city. We have been to the one ini Dublin several times but not to Belfast zoo. Must check ito out.

    We plan to go to Belfast during the Easter break with a few friends to a place called w5... (Who, what, when, where, why) It is a fantastic place to take kids, especially boys!

    God bless.