When Zac was little we got a season pass every year and we would go at least once a week, it was wonderful, we knew all the animals names from talking to staff, we could identify which arctic wolf was which and knew their favorite hiding spots, we saw a llama being born, etc.
So now that we have two little munchkins I am glad to say we will be frequenting our little game preserve again. This is wonderful because earlier this year there was a debate from the county that it would be cheaper to close it. Which would have been a huge bummer.
I wish I was a more adventurous mom when it comes to driving, I'm a country bumpkin who prefers backroads to highways. I wish I would happily hop on the turnpike and travel 90 minutes to get to "The First Zoo in the USA" in Philly, but truth be told I am a complete wimp in heavy traffic ESPECIALLY when carrying such precious cargo as my children.
Anyway, we had a pretty warm day for early March and headed off to the game preserve. We were anxious to see the new animal exhibit! PENGUINS, we now have penguins, JACKASS penguins to be exact. And they did not disappoint. Unlike many of the animals, they didn't hide in their cave, hang back from the visitors. No sirree, these little guys were happy to swim and stand as close as the fence would allow.
Over the years of visiting the zoo, we have learned that the camels enjoy eating seed pods from the trees. Since half the pods land outside their enclosure we always are happy to treat them to the ones they can't get on their own.
When I was a toddler, my parents and grandparents have pictures of me feeding the animals in the petting zoo. Of course, in the day when parents weren't neurotic about a llama slobbering on their child or suing the zoo a deer nipping. So there are wonderful pictures of me feeding deer, llamas, sheep and goats. When Zac was little it had dwindled a couple llamas and goats.
And now, sadly, they just have goats. One of my most cherished pics of Zac is him sitting next to a baby llama and hugging his neck.
Stupid people ruin it for everyone, if you are worried your poor little angel
might get nipped or nudged or whatever, stay out!!
Cassidy and the Jackass Penguins!
This pic is too sweet for words.