Thursday, January 5, 2012

Zoo!

One of my Christmas gifts this year was supposed to be a membership to the San Diego Zoo.  Mom and I went today to get the membership, and to walk around a bit, but she totally lucked out.  It seems I can still get into the zoo for another month for free, and then after that I should be able to get in for free as a volunteer.  Guess she's saving her $88!

It was fun to just pick my favorite exhibits, and not worry about having to see the whole zoo, or "get our money worth."  I haven't been in a while, and I love the place, but the hippos are my favorite.  The baby is almost a year old (Jan 26), and getting almost as huge as mom.  Too bad you can really only see their eyes, and photos through the underwater glass just don't come out well.

And here's a pic of a local free-loader in the hippo exhibit

Only one of the pandas was on exhibit while we were there, Bai Yun, the momma.  Poppa was going through some training, and the 2 year old was AWOL.  But, Bai Yun made up for it by posing for pictures.

After almost a week of dithering around and slowly gathering items up, I finally have all the giveaway stuff packed up and ready to go to the post office tomorrow.  I hope everyone likes what they end up with, if not, just re-gift it!  I'm totally ok with that.

11 comments:

Margaret said...

Nice! Volunteering at the zoo should be fun! I love zoos. So what will your mom get you for Christmas instead? :D :D

Keeper of the Crowes said...

Oh, you are so lucky to have access to one of the best zoos on the planet!!! And to be a volunteer on top of that!!! Hope you spend many a happy time there.
Linda

Theresa said...

I love the zoo!!!!! It's my favorite place in SD!!!

cucki said...

wow very sweet picture of the zoo..i love zoo..
love cucki xxx

Christine said...

Lovely pictures from the zoo. The baby hippo is adorable!

Chris said...

The San Diego zoo is awesome. I love the hippos too, they were my favorite growing up at the Philly zoo. The zoo here does not have any :(

Carol said...

You are so lucky to have such a great zoo nearby, Mindi. Love the photo of the panda--he looks like he is smiling and waving at you!

Stitching By A Cornish Sea Shore said...

What a lovely post. Please can we see photos each time you go. It will be so interesting volunteering at a zoo, you will get to see loads more than normal visitors and intereact with the animals.

Myra said...

Oh I love going to the zoo and how fun that you are going to volunteer there. Now just look at those pretty giveaway packages - you are so thoughtful and generous.

Penny said...

First, some lovely stitching on your blog header!
I had forgotten how much I enjoy the zoo until we went this past summer - we had the same experience trying to take pictures of the hippos. :) Love the Panda, she looks very happy. Volunteering sounds like fun.

Wendy Y. said...

I am so jealous, I love the San Diego zoo!!! I hope to make it back there next year. Thanks for sharing those pictures with us.