It was Spring, the weather was clearing up a bit and this was my first visit to a zoo since being on safari in Africa six months earlier. Seeing lions and elephants in a zoo setting won’t be the same after seeing them roaming free in the Serengeti but I did enjoy the visit to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo (Location). They have used the available space and terrain to provide plenty of viewing spots for the visitors without giving an impression that the animals are ‘caged’. This is especially noticeable in the enclosures for the mountain sheep and the tigers.
Someone at the zoo has a sense of humor which is always nice to see.
Over in the lion enclosure, the lion and lioness were doing just what they tend to do during the day in real life – resting and sleeping.
I was not expecting to see an open air Penguin enclosure so that was a real treat.
Humboldt Penguin (Spheniscus humboldti)