This weekend Eric and I spent a lot of time in the Bronx! On Saturday, we made the trek up there for a Gotham Gators (the NYC chapter of UF alumni) function at the Bronx Zoo. Really, it was just an excuse for us to get out to the zoo, and then we were able to have a buffet lunch with other fellow Gators. We had a great time! (WARNING: This post is going to contain a lot of pictures. You know me and the pictures - I love 'em.)
We really enjoyed the Zoo. It flowed well, and we were able to see everything in our day there. Our tickets we bought through the Gotham Gators also included admission to nearly all of the attractions that generally cost extra, like the Bug Carousel, Butterfly Garden, and Congo Gorilla Forest. We started our day off with the Bug Carousel (which was possibly Eric's first time on a carousel) and the Butterfly Garden (which freaked me out quite a bit - there were butterflies ALL OVER the place, and they scared me).
Then it was on to the giraffes. There was a baby giraffe, awww!
here. Needless to say, he drew quite a crowd.
The other awesome part of the Baboon Reserve was THIS guy:
Dramatic Gopher of YouTube fame?
After our Baboon fun, we stopped to visit the bears (both polar and grizzly) and then hit the reptile house before heading to lunch.
After lunch, we made our way to the other side of the zoo to check out everything over there. We saw an awesome camel first. He and Eric really bonded, I think.
After Birds of Prey we made our way through the Aquatic Bird House, which was fairly uninteresting because many of the birds in there were birds we can see at the beach in Florida. So, we weren't super impressed. I did enjoy the penguins, though, of course. Those we do NOT have in Florida.
We then made our way over to Tiger Mountain, where we were just in time to see the tiger walk past before he went way in the back to lay down. Then it was on to the lions, where we were able to see another baby! Awww, I love all these animal babies.
Little lion family! The baby is the one walking. He just got done pestering his mom, who is laying down.After the lions, we hit the Congo Gorilla Forest, which was really pretty cool. There were gorillas everywhere! We got some great views.
These little baby gorillas ran right in front of us and then stopped to hug and kiss each other. The crowd erupted in a giant, "awwwww!"
I can't for the life of me remember what these are. I tried to Google, but no luck. But, there were lots of them and they were cool.