Houston Zoo – September 2014 Field Trip

Hallelujah!

It is finally cool enough in Houston that we can go and ENJOY the zoo.

The Houston Zoo is open year-round, but for those super hot months in the summer, I don’t even bother. Which just makes me laugh, as, having grown up in Iowa, it was those super cold months in the winter that we couldn’t visit the zoo.

ANYWAYS…..

Here we go!

Over the summer, the zoo has had Extreme Bugs!

Step 1 – Approach with caution.

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Step 2 – Become friends.

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Step 3 – Pet, pat, and soothingly tell the giant bug that it will all be okay.

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Our first stop is usually to the meerkats… and they do NOT disappoint.

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The animal that Grace asks for first is the elephant. I know that this time, it was specifically because of the swimming elephants on our last visit. This time it was lunch time, though, so no swimming elephants.

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She loves these information centers. Of course, she can’t read the information provided, but she likes turning them so that they all match.

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She was particularly interested in seeing these bears, this time, too. These two are fairly young cubs that were rescued, so they are usually playing and getting each other into trouble – wonderful to watch.

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As long as the bug is behind glass, Grace is all for getting up close. (She will run from a room if there is a fly around, though).

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Can’t miss brushing the goats, even though she usually only brushes one or two for a moment.

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The aquarium at the zoo is tiny. But that’s okay for a two-year-old.

 

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We also visited the reptile house this time. It must have been getting close to feeding time, because all of the snakes were pretty active.

This boa constrictor was moving his head around…

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and this green mamba was searching all over – Grace loved it. He would stretch up along the glass and she would stretch up trying to reach as high as he did. It was impossible to get a photo that they were both clear – if the snake was in focus, the child was moving too much. Oh, well.

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We had a sack lunch of “peanut butter and jelly squished in bread” and an apple…

 

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Finished up with some exploring of the playground equipment.

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She didn’t fall asleep on the car ride home, but she was in bed asleep almost 45 minutes early that night.

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