|Polar bear--not pacing!|
|Caribou (a.k.a. reindeer!)|
When we got to the panda exhibit, we discovered that the twenty-three-month-old Yun Zi had just woken up and was searching for food. We were only a few yards away from him. It felt like we could reach out and touch him. After visiting the panda at the Atlanta zoo, we had expected a glass partition. We thought we would have to stand in line and brave a hoard of visitors, but we had a very peaceful experience. (Allen's coworker said he stood in a long line to see the pandas, so visit them in the morning.) While we were observing Yun Zi, the educator guide told us interesting facts about pandas. For example, once a baby panda reaches maturity, he must be separated from his mother, as they will fight each other for food. Also, they are carnivores. They don't hunt but if a small animal fell in their lap, they would eat it. What are the chances of that happening?!
|Yun Zi searching for food|
|Yun Zi having breakfast|
|Yun Zi's dad still snoozing|
The one-day pass includes rides on the sky tram and the buses. There is a bus that takes you on a guided tour of the exhibits as well as buses that give you rides from one bus stop to another so you can cover more territory instead of wasting time walking up and down the hills.
Baby giraffe spotted from tour bus
Before we left, Phoebe stopped by the petting zoo. As with the pandas, we lucked out again. A zoo keeper plopped down a pile of hay just as we walked in.
|Phoebe feeding goat|
Although the zoo closes at 9 pm, we were pretty satisfied with our experience by 2:30. We had only seen about a third of the zoo but even Phoebe had had enough. You should go!