THE ZOO PARENTS PICNIC – 2012
Last night was the annual Zoo Parents Picnic. Since most of the members of the family are Zoo Parents, and since the picnic falls either right before of after my niece’s birthday we use it as the gathering spot to help her celebrate. Yesterday we were worried about being rained out. And just as I entered the zoo grounds we had a 45-second rainstorm with giant rain drops that left 3-to-5-inch rain splots on the ground before the clouds parted for the coolest and clearest evenings ever.
To be a Zoo Parent you have to annually sponsor one of the Zoo Animals. I’ve been a sponsor of the zoo’s meerkats for the past six-years. And this year they’re the spoke-animals for the zoo’s recycling program.
The Zoo Parents begin arriving for the evening as the day visitors are departing … (4:30 to 5:00) … and have a rare opportunity for an evening stroll through the grounds.
One of the big attractions of the evening was the Sea Lion Sound, which is the world’s first underwater seal and sea lion display in the world. The keeper who was there assured us that the cavorting mammals did see us watching them through the glass … and the only reason they cavorted in front of the glass was because they are Mother Nature’s natural clowns and showoffs.
And an illustration of who’s watching who at the zoo …