But we were also enchanted with the zoo itself, which has an attached amusement park and water slides that we never got close enough to get a good look at. We had lunch at the food court -- we'd brought sandwiches in case there weren't veggie options, but in fact there were several, and we split cheese fries, plus we got Klondike bars at the polar bear enclosure. There are many tulip beds and flowering trees planted around the enclosures, a path to the river, and lots of local songbirds. We spotted a few rabbits living wild in the zoo's open areas and our first Canada goose chick of the season, just one of the dozens of Canada geese who have taken up residence in the zoo along with mallards and some domestic geese. Near the end of the afternoon we went to see the new animal rescue show, which is a lot like the one at Sea World with dogs and cats from local shelters performing along with wild animals. Then we said farewell to Lori and came back to the hotel to finish our leftovers, since we're going home on Monday.
We visited the lorikeet landing, where birds landed on us and ate out of our hands.
Lori and I posed for a photo outside the home of the manatees, all of whom were injured or abandoned in the wild and can't survive there.
Adam takes a photo in the zoo's beautiful pheasant enclosure.
The Humboldt penguins were grumpy and refused to come outside on a rainy morning at the end of moulting season.
The brown bears are named for Ohio State's mascot -- Brutus and Buckeye.
These are two of a large herd of kangaroos who were being trained while we were in their enclosure. They can leap across the paths for zoo visitors.
This is Colo, the first gorilla ever born in a zoo in 1956. She has children and grandchildren at the zoo now.